British workers collectively received £25 billion in performance-related bonuses during the past 12 months, research has shown.
Some 14 per cent of the national workforce got a bonus during the period, receiving an a verage of £3,858 each, according to Birmingham Midshires.
At the same time 13 per cent of people won an average of £2,659 through lotteries and competitions, while one per cent banked an average of £20,480 as a result of being made redundant.
Inheritances averaging just under £20,000 went to five per cent of people while the same proportion received a gift to the tune of £6,631.
Overall, people received windfalls averaging nearly £6,000 during the past 12 months, said Midshires, which commissioned the survey as part of its Saving Britain campaign which is aimed at increasing savings.
Recipients saved 40 per cent of their windfalls, while eigth per cent was used to pay off debts and mortgages, 15 per cent was spent on holidays and six per cent was used to buy a new car.
Jason Robinson, director of s avings operations at Wolverhampton-based Midshires, said: "We all know that it can be extremely tempting to spend a one-off windfall but the research found that Brits are saving around 40 per cent and we think this is a good start."