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Attorney General Advises on Office Pools

17 March 2003

CONNECTICUT – As reported by the New Britain Herald: "…It's March Madness time and the basketball pools in work and bars are looking for participants. Before getting involved with any form of gambling, the attorney general advises you know the laws.

"`The basic rule is that if it is a bonafied social activity or pool, it is not prosecuted as long as nobody makes money,' said Richard Blumenthal, attorney general. `These are non-profit activities that are genuinely social events.'

"Blumenthal said so-called `office pools' generally do not have anyone make money besides the winners.

"…Another bit of advice from Blumenthal is, `on't bet more than you can afford to lose.'

"…Some pools can also be scam.

"Blumenthal said one particular scam calls for someone who makes minimal pay-outs during the event to keep people playing and then disappears at the end when the big payments need to be made…"

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