Oct. 17, 2013 – In 2001, the Idaho Lottery began hosting a scratch-off “contest” called Scratch for Schools, which pays prizes directly to schools through a fun event.
The twelfth Scratch for Schools event is being held today, and representatives from schools across the state are hoping to hit the jackpot on at least one scratch-off ticket today.
Teams are made up of three adults, 18 or older – no students are allowed to participate – and will dress to show off their school spirit, either in costumes or just in their school’s colors.
Each team of three school representatives is given 300 scratch-offs and a special scratching tool for the contest. For five minutes, teams will scratch as quickly as they can to (hopefully) uncover big winnings.
At the end of the five minutes, teams can tally up their winnings and bring it all back to their school. Any prize uncovered during the scratch-off contest is theirs to keep (though it takes a couple days for prize money to come through).
According to the Idaho Press-Tribune, the schools generally use the extra funds for library books, playground equipment, technology improvements or other projects.
Thursday’s Scratch for Schools will be held at 4 p.m. in the Simplot Dining Hall at the College of Idaho.