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Sole winner of $80 million Powerball jackpot reveals battle with devastating fires and drought

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A man from Port Macquarie has been identified as Australia’s newest multi-millionaire, after he was revealed as the sole winner of last night’s $80 million Powerball jackpot.

A man from Port Macquarie has been identified as Australia's newest multi-millionaire, after he was revealed as the sole winner of last night's $80 million Powerball jackpot.

The humble retiree, who bought his entry online, held the only division one winning entry in last night's draw.

The man, who wishes to remain anonymous, is the third biggest individual lottery winner in Australian history and the first to win an entire $80 million Powerball prize.

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The winner said he checked his email this morning and was informed of his winnings – some much-needed good news during these tough times.

"This is the best news I've ever received!" he said.

"You've got to be kidding me? I think I feel some tears coming on.

"With so much going on in the world right now. I'm feeling a bit overwhelmed!"

The man said the win had come at a perfect time for him and his family, who have been battling drought and were affected by devastating fires earlier this year.

"This is huge for my family. We've been through a rough trot," he said.

"This is just going to make my family's life so much easier."

The man shared he had been self-isolating like many across Australia, but that wouldn't stop him celebrating the life-changing news.

"Actually, I've been socially isolating since I retired so I'm pretty good at it," he laughed.

In addition to last night's $80 million division one prize, over 1 million winners won more than $33.9 million in divisions two to nine.

This included five division two winners, who each take home $188,000.

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Source: 9News https://www.9news.com.au/national/powerball-80-million-jackpot-sole-lotto-winner-port-macquarie-man-australia/fd0ae5ca-510e-41d5-b3cb-e3049722626d

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