KENNEWICK, Wash. -- As millions of people around the world get ready to place bets on the biggest sporting event of the year, a reminder about online gambling in Washington State. According to the Offshore Gaming Association, over $500 million will be bet on the Super Bowl through web sites and call centers.
More than 60 million people will bet online on the game between the Patriots and the Giants using over 1,800 foreign-based web sites. And according to the Washington State Gambling Commission, all online gambling is illegal, both in the state and across the country.
And gambling officials say even if you don't get caught, online gambling can be very dangerous.
The Gambling Commission's Susan Arland says, "Not only is it illegal, but you might win and not get paid. So you could gamble all day and throw all that money away and you have no recourse."
Any online gambling is a C-class felony. First-time offenders in the state of Washington can face up to 90 days in jail and up to a $10,000 fine.
Now despite the fact that it is illegal, The Journal of Gambling reports that the number of online gambling sites has gone up almost 100 times since 1995.