Chris Reynolds was a “quadrillionaire” for a short amount of time.
The 56-year-old Pennsylvania man received an online money transfer from PayPal on Friday, making his balance more than $92 quadrillion. Reynolds, who spends around $100 per month on the site, was shocked.
"I'm just feeling like a million bucks," Reynolds told the Philadelphia Daily News. "At first, I thought that I owed quadrillions. It was quite a big surprise."
In a monthly statement from PayPal, Reynold’s account had an ending balance of $92,233,720,368,547,800. But when he logged onto his PayPal account, he saw his balance listed as $0, correcting the balance error. Still, the Delaware County man said he would have been responsible with the cash.
“I would pay the national debt down first. Then I would buy the Phillies, if I could get a great price,” he told the United Press International. He did manage to donate $30 to the Democratic candidate for Delaware County Council, Reynolds said. "I was moved to be really generous by good fortune."
The father of three said he has been a loyal PayPal customer for 10 years, using the site to buy and sell items on eBay, including vintage car parts. A PayPal spokeswoman said she could not comment on the incident since it would violate the site’s privacy policies.
Soon after receiving the news, Reynold received another notice from PayPal. "The sad part is that I got word that they still need me to renew the credit card that's attached to this account," he said. "So, even though I have 90 quadrillion dollars, they still don't trust me."
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