As Lottery Grows, So Does Workplace Excitement

53% of white-collar workers would quit their job if they won either the current Powerball or Mega Millions jackpot

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L ottery fever is hitting the nation. For the first time ever, both the Powerball and Mega Millions jackpots have hit over $400 million at the same time. And the excitement is creeping into many workplaces as the jackpots continue to grow.

In fact, over a quarter (30%) of business professionals said they are taking part in an office pool for today’s $418 million Mega Millions or Saturday’s $550 million Powerball drawings, according to an Office Pulse survey of white-collar workers. 27% are participating in a pool for both drawings, while the remainder are participating in one or the other.

Most describe their office pool as Fair-Weathered: They only play when the jackpot gets big


In January 2016, 45% of workers said they were participating in a Powerball office pool just before the game paid out its biggest jackpot ever: $1.6B.

This year, Millennials are the least likely age group to participate in an office pool for the upcoming lottery games (20%), compared to GenXers (39%) and Baby Boomers (35%).



Other insights include:

If you won either jackpot, would you quit your job?

Yes: 53%

No: 14%

Not sure: 33%

Why do you participate in the office lottery pool?

To increase my odds of winning: 37%

FOMO: 35%

To be part of the team: 28%

If you’re playing, you probably know the odds are slim. Trying to double dip?  CNNMoney crunched the numbers and the likelihood of you winning both the Powerball AND the Mega Millions are 1 in 88 quadrillion. Or, if percentages are easier for you, you have a 0.0000000000000011% chance of winning both games.


About Office Pulse

Office Pulse by Captivate offers marketers timely analysis and insights from a proprietary panel of upscale professionals in the top markets. The Office Pulse panel of more than 8,000 influential consumers and business decision makers includes C-level executives, Millennials, middle management, small business owners, working women and working moms.

About Captivate

Known for its vast network of 10,000 elevator and lobby displays located in 1,400 premier office buildings across the U.S. and Canada, Captivate brings life to work by connecting over 11 million unique monthly viewers to the world outside their office. By engaging its viewers with timely news and actionable information, Captivate provides advertisers with a highly desirable and difficult-to-reach audience of affluent and influential business professionals through creative, research-driven and Nielsen-measured advertising and marketing programs. Founded in 1997, Captivate is owned by Generation Partners and TEGNA.