Lottery Winner Statistics
Statistic Verification
Source: Camelot Group PLC, Published 2006
Research Date: 2.11.2012
The following statistics were compiled from 34 national lottery winners (8 Male, 26 Female) Average age of 46
Effects on Happiness  
Percent of lottery winners who are happier after winning 55 %
No effect on happiness 43 %
Are less happy 2 %
Of the 55% of winners who are happier  
Claimed the reasons were improved financial security and fewer worries 65 %
Claimed the reason was they can buy what they want and that life is a lot easier 23 %
Effect on Family Life  
Percent who remained married after winning 95 %
Percent who were living with a partner (not married) and are still in the relationship 100 %
Percent of winners who’s family claims to be happier 58 %
Percent of family’s who claim to be less happy 37 %
Percent of family’s who cited increased financial security as the main reason 34 %
Probability that new family wealth will be gone by the third generation 90 %
Percent of winners who have given some money to their family 83 %
Of these:  
Percent who gave money to their siblings 66 %
Percent who gave money to their children 57 %
Percent who gave money to their parents 51 %
Likeliness that the winner’s family will ask for money  
Percent of families who asked for winnings from winners of $100,000 to $500,000 17 %
Percent who asked for winnings from winners of $4 Million + 29 %
Effect on Friendships  
Percent of winners who already had a best friend and are still best friends 90 %
Average number of friends men winners give money to 3
Average number of friends women give money to 1
Effects on Lifestyles  
Percent of lottery winners who had spent their entire winnings within 5 years 44 %
Percent who increased contributions to charity 40 %
Percent who vacationed outside of the country for the first time 19 %
Percent who have still not vacationed outside of the country 12 %
Percent of winners who purchased a motor-home / RV 7 %
Percent of winners who have moved since their win 38 %
Of those who moved: Percent who moved from an apartment to a single family home 75 %
Percent of lottery winners who now own property in foreign countries 24%
Percent of lottery winners who have had plastic surgery 1 %
Percent of winners who moved their kids from public to private schools 3 %
Percent of winners who joined a health club 12 %
Percent of winners who have gained weight 32 %
Percent of winners who have lost weight  
Effects on Work  
Percent of winners who were in a career job before their win and are still in that job 48 %
Percent of winners who have started a new job since winning 15 %
Percent of winners who started their own business 45 %
Percent of lottery winners who still play the lottery on a weekly basis 68 %
The following is a breakdown of what lottery winner Brad Duke did with his $220 million Powerball jackpot in 2005
Safe, low-risk investments such as municipal bonds $45 Million
Aggressive investments like oil and gas and real estate $35 Million
A family foundation $1.3 Million
A trip to Tahiti with 17 friends $63,000
Mortgage paid off on his 1,400 square-foot house $125,000
Student loan paid off $18,000
New bicycles $65,000
Used black VW Jetta $14,500
Annual gift to each family member $12,000
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