Personality, Luck Beliefs, and (Non-?) Problem Lottery Gambling

Edmund R. Thompson*, Gerard P PRENDERGAST, Gerard H. Dericks

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This study offers both the first systematic investigation of the relationship between the five-factor personality model and general (ostensibly non-problem) lottery gambling, and the first application of Thompson and Prendergast’s (2013) bidimensional model of luck beliefs to gambling behavior. Cross-sectional analyses (N = 844) indicate the bidimensional model of luck beliefs significantly accounts for variance in lottery gambling that is discrete from and greater than that of the five-factor personality model. Moreover, the broad pattern of relationships we find between presumably harmless state-sponsored lottery gambling and both personality and luck beliefs tend to parallel those found in studies of problem gambling, suggesting implications for quality of life and public policy in relation to lottery gambling.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)703-722
Number of pages20
JournalApplied Research in Quality of Life
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Apr 2021

Scopus Subject Areas

  • Life-span and Life-course Studies

User-Defined Keywords

  • Belief in luck
  • Belief in personal luckiness
  • Five-factor model personality model
  • Gambling
  • Lotteries
  • Public policy


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