I was not, however, able to find any record of someone being prosecuted for spending five or 10 or 20 bucks on some friendly intra-office wagering. While the government has no problem prosecuting people for astoundingly minor crimes, NCAA tournament betting is so widespread that it’s not worth anyone’s time to investigate or pursue charges against individual bettors or small-stakes pool organizers. So you should probably feel free to participate in an office pool this year without fear of criminal repercussions. Just restrain your impulse to throttle the human resources lady who wins after choosing Butler to go all the way because she likes Downton Abbey. That is still a crime.
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