It would have been a great storyline to have walked away with a huge jackpot on the very last lottery ticket I purchased for the year.
But that didn't happen.
In fact, I didn't win a single dollar in the lottery through the months of October, November and December. The final totals:
Money spent: $364 (remember, I once opened an empty fortune cookie)
Money won: $33
Net total: -$331
Percentage return on investment: 9.06%
It's a good thing the front side of the fortunes were so fruitful for me during 2011, because the back side ended up costing me my shirt.