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Basic Trope: A wealthy character works for a living, rather than just living it up.

  • Straight: Alice, a schoolteacher, wins millions of dollars in the lottery. Despite this, she does not give up teaching.
  • Exaggerated: Alice is the school janitor. She wins the lottery, but still continues to be a janitor.
  • Downplayed:
    • Alice keeps working, but cuts down to a part-time job rather than a full-time job.
    • Alice goes Back to School full time.
  • Justified:
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    • Alice loves her job, and wants to keep doing it for the personal satisfaction it brings her.
    • Alice tries lounging around all day for a while, but eventually she finds that it gets boring and goes back to work.
    • Alice wants to teach her kids An Aesop about the importance of hard work.
    • Alice wants to keep her skills sharp, just in case the worst happens.
    • Alice has a highly specialized and important job that not just anyone can do.
    • Alice donated all or most of her windfall to charity, rather than keeping it for herself.
    • Alice doesn't want to lose her benefits.
  • Inverted: As soon as she finds out she's won the lottery, Alice tells her boss to Take This Job and Shove It.
  • Subverted:
    • Alice is seen enjoying herself on the beach, not working.
    • Alice quits her job for this school district.
    • Alice did win the lottery, but she didn't win the Gazillion-Dollar Jackpot. Instead, she won a few hundred or a few thousand: enough for a vacation (or to put towards one), but not enough to quit her job.
  • Double Subverted:
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    • Because it's summer vacation. She comes back in the fall. But at least she doesn't have to scramble to find a summer job like most other teachers do.
    • Because she's moving to Hawaii, and eventually gets a job teaching there.
    • But the next time she plays, she hits the Gazillion-Dollar Jackpot, and decides to keep teaching.
  • Parodied:
    • What, Exactly, Is His Job?
    • Alice wins the lottery, but she only wins a small amount, not millions or billions. People are still amazed that she continues to work.
  • Zig Zagged: New Job as the Plot Demands
  • Averted: Alice does not win the lottery.
  • Enforced: ???
  • Lampshaded: "I hear Alice is still teaching, even though she won the lottery."
  • Invoked: Alice wins the lottery, but she's got a job that she likes.
  • Exploited: Alice can use her extra money to have a One Hour Workweek, or to buy things she wouldn't normally be able to buy on her teachers' salary.
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  • Defied: Alice decides she's just going to live off her lottery winnings for the rest of her life, maybe investing so that the money doesn't run out.
  • Discussed: ???
  • Conversed: ???

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