Lucky Lakeland woman wins $18 Million Florida Lottery jackpot

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WFLA) — A Lakeland woman is $13 million richer after playing the Florida Lottery.

Diane Darty, 57, of Lakeland, claimed the $18 million FLORIDA LOTTO® jackpot from the drawing held on November 2, 2016.

Lottery officials say she chose to receive her winnings as a one-time, lump-sum payment of $13,116,440.45.

Darty purchased her jackpot-winning FLORIDA LOTTO ticket from 7-Eleven, located at 6175 South U.S. Highway 98 in Lakeland.

The retailer received a bonus commission of $90,000 for selling the jackpot-winning FLORIDA LOTTO ticket. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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