...you can't break even, you can't get out of the game. That's the colloquial version of the laws of conservation of energy.
You can't win: you cannot get more energy out of a system than you put in.
You can't break even: you will always lose energy.
You can't get out of the game: the prior two laws always apply.
In the first category--not winning--my plans for shopping on Friday are not inoperative; the wife has decided to work from home for the day. Oh well, maybe some time next week.