Why lottery-winning parents will give less to a middle child

·News Reporter
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Although most parents claim to love all of their children equally, a recent study by lottery officials shows this is not the case when it comes to splitting their lottery winnings.

According to a recent survey by The Lottery Office, the order children are born in may have an impact on how parents divide their riches.

The survey, which focused around family dynamics and attitudes towards the lottery, asked participants which of their children they would give the most money to if they won the lottery.

Parents celebrate lottery win on couch looking at laptop screen
Most parents revealed they would give most of their lottery win to their oldest child. Source: Getty

From the results, it appears middle children get the short end of the stick, with only 21.57 per cent of respondents saying they would give the most money to their middle child.

The Lottery Office is a gaming company that allows Aussie punters to have a stake in big overseas lotteries. When Australians purchase a ticket in Lottery Office products the company purchases a matching ticket in the overseas draw.

Middle child syndrome confirmed when it comes to lottery wins

The Lottery Office CEO Jaclyn Wood said she was surprised to see that middle child syndrome applied when it came to winning the lottery.

“It may be because the oldest child tends to be more responsible financially that 47.06 per cent of respondents opted to give their first born the most money from their hypothetical lottery win,” explained Ms Wood.

Ms Wood theorised that the 31.37 per cent of respondents who chose to give the most money to their youngest did so because that child has spent less time in the workforce and “wouldn’t have as much in savings”.

One-third of Aussies say they would rather spend their lottery winnings than leave it to their family.
One-third of Aussies say they would rather spend their lottery winnings than leave it to their family.

Interestingly, the survey also revealed that almost one-third of Australians would rather spend an entire lottery win during their lifetime than leave a large inheritance for their family.

While 61.76 per cent of respondents believed spoiling children would negatively impact their growth and attitudes towards hard work.

Previously, data from The Lottery Office revealed that the men were 29 per cent more likely to win the lottery than women, while players named Jennifer and Peter were deemed the “luckiest” names.

Ms Wood said that for Aussie players who are looking to win the lottery, the only way to increase your chances is to buy a ticket.

“You’ve got zero chance of winning if you haven’t got a ticket!” said Ms Wood.

The $521 million USA Mega Millions closes midday AEDT Saturday, 29 January 2022.

If gambling is a problem for you go to Gambling Help Online or call 1800 858 858.

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