Charlotte Hannah
August 02, 2013

Women Who Win Lottery Less Likely to Marry

Single women who win more than $25,000 in a lottery are significantly less likely to marry in the three years following their win, according to a new study.

Economists Scott Hankins and Mark Hoekstra looked at winners of the Florida State Lottery and found that single women who win big are 40 percent less likely to be married three years later than women who don’t experience a dramatic boost in income.

Single men, it seems, don’t experience the same effect. In fact, their likelihood of marrying within three years after their win is no different than if they didn’t win. Hankins and Hoekstra also found that married women and men were no more likely to divorce their partner than non-winners in the same demographics.

So, why are only single women’s love lives affected by lottery wins?

While the researchers didn’t look at why lady lottery winners were less likely to get hitched, there are several possible explanations.

As Linda Nazareth at the Globe and Mail points out, statistical data shows Florida women earn over $7,000 less than men per year. A cash infusion – like, say, from a lottery win – could put a woman in a position where financial benefits are no longer a valid reason to marry. She can buy that house or car she wants without needing the support a second income provides.

There’s also the fact that many lottery winners tend to become (quite reasonably) suspicious of people’s motives in order to avoid being taken advantage of. Maybe these women just have a good reason to be wary.

What do you think? Would you be less likely to walk down the aisle after winning the lottery? Let’s talk in the comments.