27 July 2015
Let's face it, none of us really likes working. Sure, some of us enjoy our jobs more than others, but can you really say that if one day you woke up to find out you'd won millions in the lottery, you'd go back to work as usual? We know we definitely wouldn't - because when it comes to choosing between work and play, we'd go for play every time! For sure we'd do something during the day, like perhaps volunteer, help out a charity, or something else constructive and worthwhile, but carry on going in to our regular 9 to 5 job? You must be joking. (The boss is out of the office today, don’t worry.)
Of course while there are some lucky lotto winners who choose to stay on at their normal jobs (madness!), many lottery winners choose to do exactly what we would - quit the second they find out the numbers match. Some do it with a bang, some with a whimper, but each of them make us wonder exactly how we'd do it if we ever got the chance.
Steve Tran from California is seriously our new hero. Forget Chuck Norris - Steve Tran is the man. When this Mega Millions winner realised he'd won half of a colossal $684 Mega Millions lottery jackpot, he didn't write a resignation letter, or ask for an exit interview. Instead he called up his boss and delivered the news over the phone: "I'm really sorry boss. I hit the jackpot. I don't think I'm going to come in today, tomorrow, or ever." Job resignation, done.
Points out of 10 - 1,000 (obviously)
We may not be 18 anymore, but we'd love to still party like we were. And that's exactly what factory worker Matt Myles did when he won £1 million on the EuroMillions lottery. Not only did he quit his job (natch), he immediately jetted off on a round-the-world pub crawl with his brother and friends, only to return 8 months later, after having spent a whopping £72,000 on booze, fun and high jinks. We've always dreamed of being able to run up a colossal bar tab and then nonchalantly sign the bill at the end of the night as if it were nothing. Looks like Matt went ahead and lived out that fantasy for us - and had a fantastic time doing so by all accounts. Respect!
Points out of 10 - 9.5 (he loses half a point for not taking us with)
Epic phone messages and massive parties aside, if it ever came down to it (and we're not giving up hope), we'd probably quit our jobs with as little fuss and fanfare as possible - just like Robert and Denise Scarr, from Morecambe in England. When this lucky couple found out they'd hit a £6.3 million jackpot on the National Lottery, they immediately and quietly handed in their notice, and took early retirement in order to start crossing items off their bucket list. First up is a world cruise - and if they're not careful, they might just find a couple of stowaways along for the ride!
Points out of 10 - 10 (for being the most realistic)
Got any ideas on how you'd quit your job? If not, start thinking - because a resignation letter could be only a day or two away, if you buy your lottery ticket in time for this week's jackpot draws! One lottery ticket, a lifetime of doing what you want, when you want it. Pure lotto-winning bliss!