Lottery winners turn right-wing after a windfall

6 February 2014

Lottery winners tend to support a right-wing political party and are more likely to become conservative the more money they win, according to a university study.

The researched, conducted by the University of Warwick, studied over 5,000 British lottery winners before and after their wins, focusing mainly on 541 lottery wins of between £500 and £200,000 pounds.

In the report, author Andrew Oswald states: "We find that the larger is their lottery win, the greater is that person's subsequent tendency, after controlling for other influences, to switch their political views from left to right."

Warwick University also found that in the north – traditionally more of a left-leaning area than the south – people who win the lottery might swing even further to the right than winners in the south.

The research also indicates that lottery winners are more likely to agree that "ordinary people already get a fair share of society's wealth".

But the results of the survey indicate that post-lottery win lurches to the right are more likely to occur with men than women.

Possible reasons for this could be because men tend to win approximately £150 more than women when playing the lottery and men also tend to win more often.

"The consequences of winning even a modest sum of money are fairly large – certainly a number of percentage points extra on your chances of favouring a Mrs Thatcher or a Ronald Reagan," the report concludes. "Thus money makes people right-wing and inegalitarian. Perhaps even you."

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