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Florida man set ablaze after losing football bet with wife

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VERO BEACH, Fla. -

A 27-year-old Florida man was taken to an area hospital with second and third degree burns following a bet on a football game between the Dallas Cowboys and the Green Bay Packers that went horribly wrong on Sunday.

The Indian River County Sheriff's Office reports they received a call around 9 p.m. to a house in Vero Beach, Florida. Those in the home say the family was watching the game when someone put on a jersey that was set on fire. The man was taken to the hospital by another family member.

At the hospital, deputies interviewed a couple who admitted they were watching the game and agreed to burn the losing team's jersey, but the man decided to wear the jersey while it was burning.

"He was set on fire after losing a bet on the Cowboys game. Skin was hanging off his arm and back," one witness told Sebastian Daily. The man lost the bet on the game and went outside to burn the jersey. He told deputies he was drunk at the time and tried to put it on while it was on fire.

Other family members got the jersey off the man and took him to the hospital where he had third-degree burns on his hand and second-degree burns on his back.

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