US lottery winner James Miller, who was found guilty of violating the US Postal Service’s online payment policy, is expected to face a $1.5 million fine, a civil penalty of up to $1 million, and a two-year prison sentence for using an incorrect email address during the $2.5 billion US lottery’s post-release redemption program, the US Post Office said Thursday.
Miller, a 48-year-old father of three, won the $1 billion lottery at the annual National Book Awards on Wednesday, becoming the first winner of the big jackpot since the Postal Service opened its lottery program in January.
Miller had been the subject of an investigation into his use of a different email address, and he was banned from using the postal service for five years.
He had been banned from purchasing lottery tickets in January 2017 for violating the terms of his probation.
Miller is expected at a hearing Friday on whether to pay a $500 civil penalty and the two-cent civil penalty to the US government.
“James Miller is subject to the same civil penalty that would apply to any other mail fraud offender,” said US Attorney Joon Kim.
The government is seeking a two percent civil penalty, which could include interest.
The Post Office told NBC News that it is investigating other winners.
“We are not aware of any other violations by any other winner,” the agency said.
“Anyone who has been affected by this mistake can contact our Customer Service Department at 1-800-622-7275.”
Miller won a $6.4 million jackpot from the $4.4 billion US book awards on Wednesday.
He will now face a potential civil penalty totaling $2 million, which is part of a separate case that involves a similar email address violation.
Miller’s lawyers, Charles Kupfer, told NBC he plans to appeal.
“It is a horrible situation that should never have happened,” he said.
Miller and his lawyer did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
“I’m just so sick of it.
I’m tired of this.
I have to take the mail,” he told NBC’s “Today” show.