The Ohio Lottery Commission is working to reinstate funding for the Scripps National Spelling Bee, a lottery official said Tuesday.

The lottery earlier this year announced that it would drop funding of about $172,000 that went for $115-per-school fees to participate in the event.

On Tuesday, Danielle Frizzi-Babb, director of communications for the Ohio Lottery Commission, said the agency is talking to Scripps officials in hopes of continuing to fund the spelling bee at a lower level of $150,000 a year through the lottery’s sponsorship budget.

A final agreement on reinstating the money has not been made, she said.

A total of 1,579 Ohio schools took part in this past school year’s national spelling bee.

The Ohio Lottery Commission has been a sponsor of the spelling bee since 2008.