I finally gathered up all the loose change around the house and took it to the coin-counting machine at the supermarket. Bringing it over there was like walking with a ball and chain. It must have weighed 50 pounds.
Hearing the machine churn while it counted the change, coin by coin, was a truly invigorating experience.
What I received after the machine took its percentage: $151.23
I went straight to the lottery store and played both figures. Then I bought a new toilet seat. Not the kind that's clear with floating coinage. Plain white.
It seemed somehow appropriate.
My numbers did not win.