MARINE CORPS AIR STATION BEAUFORT, S.C. -- If so, you may have just won yourself a Page 11, NJP, or AdSep. With the Super Bowl and March Madness just around the corner, a lot of you may be wondering if you’re allowed to place bets with coworkers on these events. The answer is not at work and not on Government computers.
The Code of Federal Regulations (C.F.R.) forbids all persons entering in or on Federal property from participating in games for money or other personal property, operating gambling devices, conducting a lottery or pool, or selling or purchasing numbers tickets. In addition, gambling with a subordinate may be in violation of Articles 133 and 134 of the Uniform Code of Military Justice.
However, small wagers (e.g., card games, pools on sporting events), based on a personal relationship, transacted entirely within assigned government living quarters and not in violation of local law are permissible.
What Not to Do:
Gambling allegations were made against a Department of Defense employee who was operating a “fantasy football league” in his workplace. The participants each paid $20 to participate. The funds were used for a luncheon at the end of the season and trophies were purchased for the winners. Although upon the surface the “fantasy football league” does not appear to be gambling per se, the General Counsel ruled that the activities constituted gambling in the workplace in violation of paragraph 2-302 of DoD 5500.07-R, Joint Ethics Regulation. In addition, it was a misuse of Government resources to carry out such an activity on Government computers.