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Man Finds $92 Quadrillion in PayPal Account, Would Have Paid National Debt with it

Jul 18, 2013 06:49 AM EDT | By Staff Reporter
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Pennsylvania man became the richest man in the world on Wednesday - for two minutes.

Chris Reynolds, a public relations executive, told the Los Angeles Times on Wednesday that when he checked his email Saturday, he saw his PayPal statement was ready. When he clicked through to see how much he had in his account, nothing could have prepared him for the massive surprise.

He had been credited $92,233,720,368,547,800.

"I was skeptical," the 56-year-old told the Los Angeles Times of his staggering windfall. "And my skepticism was validated within two minutes."

Just as quickly as the money had been dropped in his account by PayPal, they quickly fixed the error.  When Reynolds logged into his PayPal account, his balance was back to where it was supposed to be: $0.

When asked what Reynolds would have done if he was indeed the owner of this exorbitant amount of money.

"I'm a very responsible guy," he told the Philadelphia Daily News. "I would pay the national debt down first. Then I would buy the Phillies, if I could get a great price."

Reynolds has been a PayPal customer for nearly ten years and he normally uses his account to buy and sell items on EBay, such as vintage car parts. When Reynolds had opened his monthly statement email, he was shocked.

"I'm just feeling like a million bucks," Reynolds told the Daily News, despite the fact that he did not have a million bucks. "At first I thought that I owed quadrillions. It was quite a big surprise."

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