PENDLETON - Faculty from seven Eastern Oregon elementary, middle and high schools had an itch for scratching Wednesday. They scratched their way to $8,544 in Oregon Lottery winnings that will go to the schools.

Oregon Lottery held its annual Scratch-it for Schools event at the Pendleton Red Lion. Teams of four people from several schools were given five minutes to scratch as many Lottery Scratch-it cards as possible. Each school is awarded the amount in winnings the tickets provide.

Prairie City School, located in Grant County, scratched the most winnings, taking home $1,796. McKay Creek Elementary School of Pendleton was in second, with $1,706.

Other schools and their winnings:

•Umatilla High School: $1,206

•Joseph Elementary School: $1,060

•Long Creek School: $1,006

•Stanfield Elementary School: $886

•Sunridge Middle School (Pendleton): $884

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