This third book about the protagonists of the ever-popular How to Eat Fried Worms (1973) is a cautionary tale concerning the dangers of easy money: Alan, Joe, and Tom deride Billy when he enters a lottery, but when he wins $410,000, everyone--including their parents--suddenly wants to be involved; lawsuits and even physical violence are a possibility until things are settled. By that time, though, Billy has lost interest, having rekindled his feelings for Amy (see How to Fight a Girl, 1987). The narrative here is a collection of disjointed chapters featuring conversations, streams of consciousness, and action set-pieces that jerk along without providing real insight into any of the characters. While Rockwell retains a shrewd fix on the kids' thoughts and actions, and provides some shards of mild entertainment, he does little to shape a coherent plot. For diehard fans only.