This article was edited by Jay Teachman.
Jackpot? Gender Differences in the Effects of Lottery Wins on Separation
Article first published online: 24 SEP 2012
Copyright © National Council on Family Relations, 2012
Journal of Marriage and Family
Volume 74, Issue 5, pages 1038–1053, October 2012
How to Cite
Boertien, D. (2012), Jackpot? Gender Differences in the Effects of Lottery Wins on Separation. Journal of Marriage and Family, 74: 1038–1053. doi: 10.1111/j.1741-3737.2012.01003.x
- Issue published online: 24 SEP 2012
- Article first published online: 24 SEP 2012
- decision making;
- economic issues;
- family resource management;
In this study, information on small to modest lottery wins from the British Household Panel Survey (N = 2,563) was used to investigate the effect of income on separation. The analysis demonstrated that money matters within relationships. Lottery wins temporarily reduced the odds of separation after men won. Men spent more on leisure and became more satisfied with their leisure time and social lives after winning. Nevertheless, most of the effect of lottery wins on union stability was not mediated by changes in satisfaction; instead, a direct effect of wins on the threshold to leave relationships was observed. No effect on union stability was found when women won. Women did not spend their winnings on leisure time but instead saved or spent money on durable items. These types of spending did not increase satisfaction. The findings suggested that, within families, men acted relatively independently, whereas the behavior of women was more family oriented.