The more critical Puerto Rico's economic crisis becomes, the more Puerto Ricans try to strike it rich by winning the Powerball lottery jackpot.

The deputy director of the Puerto Rico Electronic Lottery, Armando Pérez, told EFE on Tuesday that Powerball, which debuted on the island in October 2014, wins more devotees every day, and that the island's eight-year-long recession has not caused any decline in the number of islanders willing to take a gamble.

"The number of wagerers is more than we ever expected," Pérez said, after noting that last Saturday Powerball set a record in Puerto Rico for betting volume: $5.8 million.

In the days before the $1.5B drawing, Georgians were buying lottery tickets at $3M per hour.