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Online payment service admits "this was obviously an error".

Paypal hands out $92 quadrillion, briefly makes US man world’s richest

Paypal mistakenly credited a 56-year-old man’s account with an eye-watering $92 quadrillion.

US-based Chris Reynolds received his monthly statement via email as usual but saw that his ending balance was $92,233,720,368,547,800, reports Philly.com

However, the online payment service provider soon realised the error of its ways and returned Chris Reynolds’ balance back to $0. 

Reynolds’ brief windfall inspired him to donated $30 to the Democratic slate for Delaware County Council. And now Paypal says it will make a donation to a charity of his choice, as an apology.

"I’m just feeling like a million bucks," Reynolds said. "At first I thought that I owed quadrillions. It was quite a big surprise. 

"I was moved to be really generous by good fortune. I’m a very responsible guy – [if I still had the $92 quadrillion] I would pay the national debt down first. Then I would buy the Phillies, if I could get a great price."

PayPal told the BBC: "This was obviously an error and we appreciate that Mr Reynolds understands this was the case."

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