Jackpot Challenge FAQ

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To see the rules for the Sonic Jackpot Challenge, go here.

How does it work?

The Jackpot is all about teams of 5 striving to lose 6% of their body weight. Each team puts money into the pot, and that money is split among all successful teams! The bigger the challenge, the bigger the pot!

Sonic teams have 2 chances to win - after 12 weeks and after 24 weeks. Every team that has lost 6% after 12 weeks will split the first pot. Every team that has lost 6% (total) after 24 weeks will split the second pot. Teams can win either or both of the pots. Teams DO NOT need to win the first round to win the second.

When is it happening?

Sign-up: Now!
Start date: May 16
Initial weigh-in: May 16 - June 16
First Pot weigh-in period: Aug 1 - Aug 8
Second Pot weigh-in period: Oct 17 - Oct 31

Why should I join?

It works—and it's a lot of fun! Losing weight as a team means you keep on-track and encourage each other to reach your weight loss goals! There’s also the excitement of cash prizes for reaching achievable goals. Each team that reaches 6% weight loss wins a cut of the pot!  Not to mention the health benefits! Participants in HealthyWage's contests have lost hundreds of thousands of pounds in the last few years. Teams are forming now! You must be associated with Sonic - either as an employee or dependent.

Can my friends and family from outside work join in?

The Sonic Jackpot is only available for Sonic Employees and their dependents.

How much does it cost?


How do you help me stay on track during the twelve week contest?

The Jackpot Challenge is based on team support and motivation, which provides accountability and success. To make it lots of fun, each week, we provide you with tips and tricks to help you and your team stay on track. We also have fun games every month.

Do I need a team of five?

Yes, it's a team-based weight loss challenge—we've found that having a team is a great way to stay motivated. You can have your co-workers or dependents on your team. If you don't have a team of five, don't worry—we will match you up with new friends when the contest starts (we make sure everyone is on a team).

If you'd prefer to compete on your own, you might want to check out HealthyWager, our personal game.

I formed a team; how do I get teammates to join?

Ask them to visit the Jackpot sign up page, as promoted on posters and/or emails in your organization. They'll need to use this link to take part. After they register, they will then choose your team from a list.

Do I need to send my future teammates an invitation through your website?

You can, but you don't need to. Just let them know that they need to register online at the Jackpot sign up page. After they register, they will arrive at the page with a list of teams and will be able to choose your team from the list.

Is there a deadline for registering, adding teammates and weighing-in at the beginning of the contest?

No, but the longer you wait after the contest starts, the less time you'll have to lose weight!

Can I participate in the HealthyWager at the same time as the Jackpot?

Absolutely—that's a popular combination!

Do I need to have my weight verified? What does that involve?

We want to keep the Jackpot fair!  We ask you to weigh in either by video or with a 3rd party verifier just twice: once at the beginning (anytime on or after the start date) and once at the end (within two weeks before, or on, the end date) of the program.

Where do I get my weight verified?

You have three options:

  1. It's easy to get verified at home by making a private weight verification video following these instructions
  2. You can get your weight verified at by any fitness profession (e.g., your health club), doctor or as part of your normal Weight Watchers weigh-in.  If you do not belong to Weight Watchers or a health club, many health clubs are willing to help out–be sure to call ahead.
  3. If you are competing as a corporate employee, your organization may be offering weigh-ins at work. We will automatically send you a list of weigh-in centers before the contest starts.

How do you calculate a team's percentage weight loss?

We take the average of each team member's weight loss percentage. To calculate your individual weight loss percentage, take the number of pounds you have lost divided by your starting weight.

What happens if one of my team members doesn't get a final weigh-out?

If someone on your team doesn't get a weigh-out, that's okay—we will count their weight loss as 0% for purposes of computing your team's average weight loss. But note that all members must get an initial weigh-in.

Do you have any rules to prevent excessive, unhealthy weight loss?

Yes. In order to encourage healthy weight loss, we only count weight loss up to 16.6% per person. Any individual weight loss beyond 16.6% does not count for the challenge. So, the winning team is the one where each team member gets closest to the cap. Note: it is OKAY to lose more than 16.6% (you won't be disqualified), but any extra weight you lose above 16.6% will not be counted toward your team's weight loss average for the challenge.

Can I participate if I am pregnant?

No. But you can sign up if you've recently had your baby, if your doctor says it's okay.

Can I participate if I am on weight loss pills or if I have had or am planning to have bariatric surgery?

Only with advanced doctor approval. Contact us to discuss this before signing up.

Do I have to live in the same city as my teammates?

No! You and your teammates can live in different parts of the country or even the world! You can get weighed-in at different gyms and/or doctors.

Do I have to get a membership or a personal trainer at the gym where I weigh-in?

No. You are under no obligation to any health club weigh-in station. While we encourage you to support our sponsors and partners, the weigh-ins are free and without obligation.

Can I get a refund once I start the program?

HealthyWage will only issue refunds before the start date of the challenge or in cases where medical issues or pregnancy prevent you from continuing the program.

Will others see my weight information?

No. No one else will see your actual weight (not even your employer). Only your percentage weight loss will be visible to other users.

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