Meet the Lotto Winners Who Quit Their Jobs

How long would you keep working your job if you won a lottery jackpot? Not very long, if you’re anything like these guys. In this article, we’ll meet some of the many lotto winners who quit their jobs straight after becoming multimillionaires. We can’t say we blame them!

This couple quit their jobs to travel the world

When this British couple won a £6 million jackpot in the UK National Lottery back in 2015, their #1 priority was to free themselves from their jobs as soon as possible. Denise, 56 and Robert Scarr, 59 told The Mirror newspaper of how they reacted to their big win:

“Retirement was first on the agenda. The win has enabled us to both retire early and look forward to fulfilling all of our life-long dreams.

“We have both longed to go on a cruise for years but were trying to manage the finances around this and the countries we wanted to visit. Now the world is our oyster – a world cruise will definitely be booked for us now.”

Mrs Scarr had previously worked at a textiles store, while Mr Scarr worked at a quarry. The pair both immediately quit their jobs after discovering they were lottery winners.

Powerball winner quits her “dirty, nasty job”

Most lottery winners have to think at least slightly carefully about whether or not to quit their job – but not those who win a jackpot in America’s biggest lottery, Powerball.

Julie Leach of Michigan landed a $310.5 million jackpot in a Powerball draw on October 6th, 2015. Leach had been working as a supervisor at a fibreglass factory, a job she described as “nasty” and “dirty”. She was having a particularly tough night at the office when she took her meal break and discovered she had won the nine-figure windfall – and she says she quit “automatically” after hearing the good news! Mrs Leach says she plans to use her jackpot to make sure her kids never have to work a job like hers.

Did that really happen!?

Here’s a pretty solid example of how not to quit your job if you win a lottery jackpot.

Last year a 41-year-old New York woman hit the news headlines after bagging a $3 million jackpot. So far, so good, but unfortunately the winner’s newfound fame had less to do with her good fortune and more to do with how she celebrated it. We’ll allow her ex-manager to pick up the story from here:

“I knew something was wrong because I came back from lunch and the door to my office was closed.

“I slowly opened the door to discover the woman with her pants around her ankles, hunched over on my desk like a hippopotamus/cheetah dropping a massive poo on my desk. She shot her head towards me and locked eyes. I was frozen in shock and fear. In my peripheral vision I saw a huge mud-monkey sliming out of her butt like a Play-Doh fun factory.”

Source: Dave Weasel

Perhaps unfortunately, it has since emerged that this outrageous story was just a hoax cooked up by comedian Dave Weasel – but we hope you enjoyed it as much as we did anyway!

When ten employees all win at once…

Dealing with an employee quitting because they’ve won the lottery must be a difficult situation for an employer to handle – but imagine how much worse it must be if ten employees all quit at the same time! This sort of thing happens more often than you might expect, due to the widespread phenomenon of workplace lottery syndicates.

Just such an event hapened in 2013 at a recruitment firm in Merseyside, England, when a workplace syndicate of 10 people each won a €2.9 million share of a €32 million EuroMillions jackpot. None of the lucky winners turned up to work the next day, causing one of their abandoned colleagues to tweet:

“In recruitment hell….all our staff in Liverpool office have left after winning lottery.”

Really, as a recruitment company they shouldn’t have found it all that difficult to find some replacements.

What would you do if you won a lottery jackpot? Would you quit your job, give your kids a big wad of money, or get one over on your boss by doing something unspeakable to their desk? We’d love to hear your jackpot celebration plans – let us know using the comments section below.