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Pennies from heaven? Conceptions and earmarking of lottery prize money

Artikel i vetenskaplig tidskrift
Författare Anna Hedenus
Publicerad i British Journal of Sociology
Volym 65
Nummer/häfte 2
Sidor 225-244
ISSN 0007-1315
Publiceringsår 2014
Publicerad vid Institutionen för sociologi och arbetsvetenskap
Sidor 225-244
Språk en
Länkar dx.doi.org/10.1111/1468-4446.12073
Ämnesord Lottery winnings, special money, earmarking, relational accounting, opportunity, risk, SUDDEN WEALTH, CONSUMPTION, WINNER, Sociology
Ämneskategorier Sociologi

Sammanfattning

The source of money has been shown to be important for how money is spent. In addition, sudden wealth is often associated with social and psychological risks. This article investigates if conceptions of lottery prize money - as a special kind of money - imply restrictions on how it can be spent. Analysis of interviews with lottery winners shows that interviewees use earmarking of the prize money as a strategy for avoiding the pitfalls associated with a lottery win. Conceptions of lottery prize money as 'a lot' or as 'a little', as shared or personal, and as an opportunity or a risk, influences the ends for which it is earmarked: for self-serving spending, a 'normal' living standard, paying off loans, saving for designated purposes, or for economic security and independence. Clearly defining and earmarking lottery prize money thus helps lottery winners construe their sudden wealth, not as a risk, but as 'pennies from heaven.' RAHAMSON M, 1980, AMERICAN SOCIOLOGICAL REVIEW, V45, P49

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