If it was not at the expense of society/tax payer, then I'd take it like a lottery win.
People who say they'd be bored with the money have no imagination! You could travel the world, learn new languages, see new cultures, make new friends etc. Although, perhaps those are not a lot of people's dreams, needs or wants.
Earn it. I enjoy the job I have, I'd get bored doing nothing, and I like to have something to work for. I would also feel somewhat guilty about getting handouts for nothing, I even feel guilty about scavving lifts off people at the moment, as I cannot drive yet!!
I'd rather earn it, but if there was only a choice between earning but not getting work, and getting money and not earning it. I would choose the latter. You have to eat; you do what you do to survive.