Ohio Lottery restores national spelling bee money

AKRON, Ohio (AP) — The Ohio Lottery has reversed course and will restore funding for schools to participate in the Scripps National Spelling Bee.

Lottery spokeswoman Danielle Frizzi-Babb told the Akron Beacon Journal (bit.ly/X67W00) for a story published Friday that the restored money will pay spelling bee enrollment fees for Ohio schools.

In August, the lottery discontinued $178,000 in support for the spelling bee because of a cut in the lottery's sponsorship funding.

The lottery has sponsored the spelling bee since 2008, paying $115 enrollment fees for 1,579 Ohio schools last year.

This year's weeklong national bee begins May 26.

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Information from: Akron Beacon Journal, http://www.ohio.com

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