March Madness has arrived! Brackets are out (find yours here) and chances are, you or someone you know, will fill one out before play officially starts Thursday.
You could fill it out for fun or put a few dollars in a pool, but if you do that, you should know, you're breaking the law!
The American Gaming Association says Americans illegally bet at least $150 billion annually on sports -- including March Madness. They say nearly two-thirds of states' laws --including North Carolina's -- make it illegal to participate in sports pools if there's money involved.
According to North Carolina's law, it's a class two misdemeanor! Chapter 14, Article 37 says in part: "[...] any person who plays at or bets on any game of chance at which any money, property or other thing of value is bet, whether the NC General Statutes - Chapter 14 Article 37 3 same be in stake or not, shall be guilty of a Class 2 misdemeanor."
But we all know, it's still going to happen. So we called one of our local police departments to see if you should really be concerned. They said if someone files a complaint, they'll investigate. But they won't be visiting offices to bust bracket pools.