Paypal credits US man with $92 quadrillion by mistake

Reynolds would have been by far the world's richest man if the error had gone uncorrected. Picture: Johnston Press

Reynolds would have been by far the world's richest man if the error had gone uncorrected. Picture: Johnston Press

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ONLINE payment service PayPal was left embarrassed after accidentally crediting a Pennsylvania man’s account with over $92 quadrillion.

Chris Reynolds told the Philadelphia Daily News that he opened his email statement from the company, and was stunned to see his reported balance was $92,233,720,368,547,800. However, by the time he clicked through to view his account the error had already been corrected.

Reynolds, 56, told the paper: “At first I thought that I owed quadrillions. It was quite a big surprise.”

When asked what he would do with the money if allowed to keep it, Reynolds said he would pay off the US national debt first - then buy his local baseball team.

In a statement, PayPal told the BBC: “This was obviously an error and we appreciate that Mr Reynolds understands this was the case.”

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