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13 Billion to One: A Memoir: Winning the $50 Million Lottery Has Its Price

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As a welfare kid who grew up in the streets, Randy Rush had to fight for everything he got and knew what it was like to struggle. So, when he was suddenly handed $50 million in tax free money, he vowed to use his new-found wealth to help others. But what he didn’t see coming was Jeremy Crawford.

In his gripping, adrenaline-packed memoir, Rush takes readers on his rocket-fue
Kindle Edition, 233 pages
Published June 24th 2020 by Rantanna Media
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Jul 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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I was happy to get a chance to read this book, since I have a late family member, who was also a "big winner" of a half a million dollars from Sports Proline and I knew, what he went through. The endless phone calls from people asking for money. He was bothered so much, that he gave away all his winnings within a week, helping his immediate family.
One bleak winter night, Randy Rush went out to buy his beloved cat some food. At the store, he decided to check his lottery tickets and discovered tha
Andy Keith
May 26, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I thought this was a wonderfully crafted cautionary tale about what happens when people prey on the good-hearted. Having come into a large sum of money, Randy does what most would do - help those he cares about, does some charity giving, splurges a little on himself, and invests in people. Even those he thought he could trust disappointed him, but did not change his resolve to help others. A worthwhile read.
Apr 29, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition

Having worked in the financial sector for 28 years, I have been interested in monetary fraud for some time.

This book is a man who wins a $50 million lottery (tax free in Canada) and falls victim to fraud due to the son of a trusted friend to the tune of $5,000,000.

Interesting story. Writing style is as if he is talking to a friend. Easy to follow until it gets into some of the legal aspects. He provides lots of background to his life which helped create his persona. He also gives great insight
May 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
'13 Billion to One' is not only a memoir but a cautionary tale in the most unadulterated sense. At the beginning of 2015, Randy Rush was just a normal guy. After growing up poor and surviving on welfare, Randy suffered some difficult setbacks in his 20's and ended up having to move back in with his parents. But, after managing to get back on his feet and find work in an equipment rental agency, he cleaned up his life.

That was, until he won 50 million dollars in the Canadian lottery.
Saying that R
Kathleen Peterson
Aug 31, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This was a fun book to read especially if you have ever dreamed about winning the lottery. And Randy does just that. He donates extensively to his favorite charities and is very generous with his friends and family. Subsequently, some of his friends are not satisfied with their generous gifts and want more! Unfortunately he tries to manage his money (50 million) by himself instead employing the aid of a financial advisor. And to make matters worse, he gets entangled in a bad business deal. The b ...more
Infantina  Nivetha
Jun 18, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: non-fiction
Conway Kitty and Alberta Owner Win Millions" This was the headline news in Canada years back. A simple, kind-hearted, empathetic middle aged man devoted to God hit the jackpot in 2015. He could have chosen to take the safest route and live a posh life instead he chose to live the way that would make the divine proud. "To whom much is given, much is expected. Wealth is a gift from God and is a responsibility" beautifully said by 50 million Canadian dollars winner, Randall Rush. He is a real perso ...more
When life for the entire universe and planet turns on its end and like everyone else you "have nothing to do" while your place of work is closed and you are in #COVID19 #socialisolation, superspeed readers like me can read 250+ pages/hour, so yes, I have read the book … and many more today. (I have played a "zillion games" of scrabble, done a "zillion crosswords" and I AM BORED!!!)

I requested and received a temporary digital Advance Reader Copy of this book from #NetG
Cathryn Wellner
Jun 03, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
My partner and I speculate on what we would do if we won the lottery. No, of course, we have no written down our plans. Who does that anyway, when the odds are so out of whack?

Randy Rush thought he had a pretty good idea what he would do if he won the lottery. He had worked his way out of poverty and was bringing in a good salary. He had the hard-won street smarts to keep from being taken advantage of. So, of course, not much would change. He would help out good friends, contribute to worthwhile
Leonide Martin
Jun 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Most of us fantasize about winning the lottery. Randy Rush had an uncanny conviction that he was going to win Canada's lottery. It was based on a dream he had where a set of numbers was emblazoned in red—his intuition said these were his winning numbers. He kept buying lottery tickets until suddenly one day his numbers came up. Randy grew up poor in an unstable family and was heading for a life of crime, until he found a church that helped him on a better path. Many of Randy's best friends were ...more
Amy Mullen
What would you do if you won $50 million dollars tax free? This book caught my interest because it is a memoir from lottery winner, Randy Rush who did indeed win this big sum in the Canadian lottery. I requested and received a temporary digital Advance Reader Copy of this book from NetGalley, the publisher and the author in exchange for an honest review.

Despite having a plan and deeming himself to be smarter than previous winners who had been scammed out of their money, Rush falls prey to a con
Stephen Matlock
This is a wild and fascinating ride through the experiences of a man plucked by fate from his ordinary life into the world of fantasy--the fantasy of suddenly having enough money to do just about whatever you want to do. Go see your favorite team! Fly to Europe! Travel to Africa! Buy the car that you've always wanted. Two cars--or even more!

But along with fantasy comes the reality of dealing with the people who surround you hoping to use your success to make their dreams come true--at your expen
Jun 23, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Can you imagine winning a $50 million lottery? I suppose we have IMAGINED it but actually winning it? Yeah – that hardly ever happens. But it did happen to Randy Rush! He found out when he went to the store to buy his cat some cat food. (His cat is named Conway Kitty – how cute is that?) Needless to write, his life changed overnight.

What follows is Randy sharing the excitement of his win and impacts all of that money had on his life. He was determined from the start that we wasn’t going to end u
May 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2020
This book is truly a non-fiction gem and a bestseller waiting to happen!
Canadian Randy Rush unexpectedly won 50 million dollars in the lottery and his life was changed forever—and not just for the better. The first thing Randy did after finding out that he won was make a list. He wanted to do things like help his friends with their debts, make a large donation to his church and other charities, and quit his boring job. All things that I think many of us daydream about doing.

From the start, Randy
Jun 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A memoir about sudden fortune and the sudden loss that followed, '13 Billion to One: A Memoir,' by Randy Rush is the absolutely fascinating story of a man who won $50 million in the Canadian lottery one day and lost a good portion of it just as quickly.

Randy Rush was, at one point, a perfectly normal guy. In fact, the only reason that he found out that he won the lottery on the day that he did was because he stopped into his local general store to pick up cat food. As fate would have it, one of
Jun 30, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-in-2020
In '13 Billion to One: A Memoir,' author Randy Rush relates the incredible story behind his $50 million lottery win and the devastating loss that followed.
Rush was, what most would consider a normal man. Working at a boring job in a rental car agency, Rush had only recently gotten back on his feet after having suffered some life setbacks in his 20's.
After slowly returning his life to normal, Rush discovers during a routine grocery run that a lottery ticket that he had recently purchased was a wi
Gud Reader
Jun 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

Memoirs have an incredible way of making the reader jump into another life and live someone else’s story at least for a little while. Through confessions, humor and poetic prose the best memoirs tend to bring us closer to ourselves to dig deeper and connect with the author’s life.
Randy Rush's, '13 Billion to One' is not only one engaging memoir but one which describes the cautionary tale of people and money. Having grown up in the streets and learning to fight and struggle for everything, Randy’
Read Ng
Jul 16, 2020 rated it did not like it
This was a GoodReads giveaway of a Kindle ebook.

I did not care too much for the presentation of the story telling. It was very matter much like sitting across from him as he relayed his story, but mostly I found it a bit never-ending and dull. Mr. Rush was in over his head with his sudden windfall. He really needed to just sit on his winnings and tell no one, while he figured out how to deal with his new money. Often I want to jump up and tell him, "Why did you think that was a good idea?" But
Katarina Colegrove
Randall Rush is the winner of a 50 million dollar lottery jackpot - an absolutely unimaginable amount of money. Also unimaginable is the deception and fraud perpetrated by those he thought of as his closest friends.
In the afterword, Rush explains that he wants readers to feel hopeful that no matter what negative circumstances you are surrounded by, everything has the possibility change in an instant. I did feel that hope at the end, and was glad to see that he has done well for himself.
While h
Judy Beetem
This is the true story of Randy Rush and his astounding lottery win. Have you ever wondered what you would do with all that money? And how it would change your life? This is Randy Rush's emotional account of his life after lottery. He tried his hardest to do good and help people, but people (especially relatives) were never happy with what he gave them, always wanting more. To top it off, he becomes a victim of a scam that bilked him out of millions sparking a new career for Randy. His mission n ...more
Dave C
Jun 24, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed this book. The writing brings the reader along at a frantic pace effectively reflecting the authors experience of discovering he won $50 million from a lottery ticket. We follow along as he buys fancy cars, enjoys travel to comfortable locations and get suckered in by an entire family of scam artists. It’s a warts and all story of his experience.

He does not sugarcoat the debacle that he became involved with. We watch as he manages to turn his rage at being scammed into learning how to
Jun 25, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Have you always dreamed of winning big through the Lottery? Randy Rush won big and in 13 Billion to One we learn what that actually cost him!
As I was reading this book, I visualized a documentary. Randy's story is quite compelling. Yes, he made mistakes, yes he was taken advantage of, and yes he had every right to be angry. I was most impressed by the section of the book that led him to the determination to properly channel his anger, his commitment to battling white collar crime, and the revea
Jun 22, 2020 rated it really liked it
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3.5 stars
A bit of a ‘rags to riches’ story that takes a turn, 13 Billion to One is also a cautionary tale. Yes, we all occasionally buy that lottery ticket and fantasize what it would be like to win. But then we never actually win…. But what happens if you actually DO win? That was why I wanted to pick up this memoir. Winning the lottery is n
Aletha Pagett
Jul 03, 2020 rated it really liked it
A 50 million dollar lottery winning. Sweet! Life on easy street, right? Or perhaps not. Rush's life after his winning took some severe downturns. The story details Rush's realization that true riches come from what you give away rather than what you keep. ...more
Melinda M
Aug 06, 2020 rated it really liked it
13 Billion to One: A Memoir: Winning the $50 Million Lottery Has Its Price by Randy Rush. It is a story of how winning the lottery changes things and how fraud can affect you. It was interesting and easy to read.

I won a copy on a Goodreads giveaway.
Jul 21, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Unique read
Jean Torgeson white
Jul 22, 2020 rated it really liked it
Interesting, but he kept forgetting his own advice.
Have you bought a lottery ticket? Dreamed of what winning it big w could be like? Well let Randy tell you this cautionary tale first. Keep it I kinda you dream of spending all that free money.
Miller Sigmon
Jun 01, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Randy Rush has written a unique and entertaining account of what life is like after winning the Canadian $ 50 million Lotto Max January, 2015, at age 48...He played the same seven numbers each week for eight years !! But this memoir is more than a man being lucky.and enjoying his good fortune...It shows his growth, his values and his ability to overcome what many people would have decided was hopeless....Growing up he was raised by a single teenage mother;they lived on welfare..He did ...more
Carol Dass
May 28, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley-read, arcs
You win the $50 million lottery. Your good friend scams you out of $5 million. Do you go for revenge, try to get it back, or do good things with what you have left. Interesting and unique story.
I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
Jun 29, 2020 rated it really liked it
Fascinating read. I couldn't understand why author kept giving money over and over, when he said he was skeptical of what was going on.

Thanks to Goodreads for the giveaway. While I got the book for free,it had no bearing on the rating I gave it.
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Randy Rush is on a mission to stop white collar crime and other social injustices by exposing them to the world. He recently founded Rantanna Media, a mission-driven publishing and production company, to give victims a voice and raise widespread awareness about the devastating impact of these crimes. Randy is also committed to transforming the lives of children in Africa by providing them the educ ...more

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