March Madness Gambling Illegal but Prosecution is Unlikely
JEFFERSON CITY - Everyone is well aware of what happens during March Madness, but not everyone is aware that some of those office pools are illegal.The most basic definition of gambling is the exchange of money by risking it for the possibility of making a profit. Those office pools that require a fee to get in on the college basketball action are considered illegal but it is rare for this type of action to be prosecuted. Other pools that offer a cash prize without charging an entry fee are legal, like the one Mike Kehoe Auto Group is sponsoring, are legal.
According to the Cole County Commission Statue on gambling, "It shall be the duty of the circuit attorneys and prosecuting attorneys in their respective jurisdictions to enforce the provisions of this chapter, and the Attorney General shall have a concurrent duty to enforce the provisions of this chapter."
The Attorney Generals office said that a case could potentially reach them on appeal. However, the Attorney Generals office said they have never heard a case involving gambling during March Madness.