Woman sheds dozens of pounds, wins hundreds of dollars in weight loss bet

March 31, 2014 8:03 PM

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(CNN) — Sara Lugger was skeptical as she placed her first $5 bet. But she realized that all she had to lose was weight — and a few bucks if the money didn’t motivate her to get in shape.

A friend’s success had inspired Lugger to join DietBet, a website that hosts private and public games where people can bet on their own weight loss. Each game sets a goal, such as losing 4% of your body weight, and users who reach that goal split the pot.

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