Tyler County is using a lottery to help keep oil and gas drilling companies from camping around the courthouse to research property deeds.
County Clerk Teresea Hamilton tells published reports they will allow abstractors to randomly draw numbers to determine who will get one of the 96 daily slots to access the records vault.
Several residents attended a recent meeting with county officials about the issue.
To accommodate the crowds, the courthouse has extended its hours and abstractors have been limited to two hours each inside the vault. It can only accommodate 16 people at a time.