For people struggling to make mortgage payments, pay off student loans or minimize their credit card debt, a chance at the biggest single lottery jackpot in history is a temptation that's hard to resist.
The same holds true for those who drive a Mercedes-Benz and wear designer shoes. Chalk it up to the allure of a Powerball jackpot that's worth a record-breaking $1.5 billion as of Tuesday.
"High-class people are paying more money. Many are playing $300 worth of tickets. There are also a lot of business groups coming in, pooling their tickets together for groups of 400 or more," Muspansar Hussain, a Lukoil gas station employee in Fort Lee, New Jersey, told CNBC.
The gas station has seen an increase in the number of customers in business suits and more expensive cars coming in to purchase Powerball tickets, according to Hussain.