Findings on happiness in Tunney (2006): study GB 2001

Author(s)Tunney, R.J.
TitleThe Effects of Winning the Lottery on Happiness, Life Satisfaction, and Mood.
SourceSurvey Report for Camelot Group, University of Nottingham, School of Psychology, 2006, UK
PublicLottery winners and matched controls, Great Britain, 200?
 Year of data gathering not reported
Survey nameNot available
SampleNon-probability purposive-expert sample
 Lotterywinners were provided by Camelot. The comparisongroup (non-winners) was matched for gender, age and income.
Respondents N =34
 N= 34 Lotterywinners N =40 Controls matched for gender, age, and previous salaries.
Non ResponseNot available
AssesmentQuestionnaire: paper
General remarksStudy commissioned by the Camelot Group; the operator of the National Lottery in GB.
Happiness measure(s) used
Full textSelfreport on four questions: Using the 1-7 scale below, indicate your agreement with each of the items by placing the appropriate number on the line preceding that item. Please be open and honest in your responding. A In most ways my life is close to ideal B The conditions of my life are excellent C I am satisfied with my life D So far, I have gotten the important things I want in life Answers rated: 7 strongly agree 6 agree 5 slightly agree 4 neither agree nor disagree 3 slightly disagree 2 disagree 1 strongly disagree Computation: A+B+C+D divided by 4 Name: Shortened Diener's Satisfaction with Life Scale (SWLS) (In the original scale item 5 reads: 'If I could live my life over, I would change nothing'. This item is left out in this selection because a positive answer to this question does not necessarily mean that the respondent doesn't like the life he/she actually lives.)
Author's labelSatisfaction with life
Page in publication20-26
RemarksWinners M = 5,95; SD = 0,99 Mt = 8,25; SDt = 1,65 N = 34 Controls M = 5,30; SD = 1,51 Mt = 7,17; SDt = 2,52 N = 40 DMt= 1,08; [CI95= 0,11-2,05]
Finding used in
nation ranks
 On original range 1 - 7On range 0 - 10
Standard deviation0.991.65

Scores in1234567

Full textSelfreport on 8 questions: frequent one experienced in the past few weeks.. A happy B satisfied C contented D cheerful E sorry F sad G depressed H dissatisfied Rated for applicability: 4 definitively 3 slightly 2 slightly not 1 definitively not Summation: (A+B+C+D) - (E+F+G+H) Name: Hedonic Tone (HT) subscale of UWIST mood adjective checklist (Mathews et. al. 1990)
Author's labelGeneral Mood State
Page in publication29, 30
RemarksWinners: Positive affect: M = +15,00; Negative affect M = -5,30; Affect Balance M = +9,70 Controls: Positive affect: M = +13,10; Negative affect M = -6,92; Affect Balance M = +6,18 NB: In this question: satisfied instead of joyful and dissatisfied instead of frustrated.
Finding used in
nation ranks
 On original range -12 - 12On range 0 - 10
Standard deviation

Correlational findings

Author's labelSubject Code
Subject description
Lottery winningL11ab02Lottery winning