Imagine checking your PayPal account to find you had accidentally been credited with more money than the world’s annual gross domestic product.
That’s what happened to Pennsylvania’s Chris Reynolds, who buys and sells car parts online.
Of course, there’s one major catch: Reynolds never technically was in possession of any of the accidentally credited funds.
"I'm just feeling like a million bucks," Reynolds said when asked about the technical glitch . When Reynolds then went to check his actual funds available on the site, he saw the amount was, in fact, zero.
PayPal hasn’t commented on the flub but Reynolds was quick to offer his thoughts on how he theoretically would spend the $92,233,720,368,547,800 that initially showed up in his account.
"I'm a very responsible guy," he said. "I would pay the national debt down first. Then I would buy the Phillies, if I could get a great price."
In a separate interview, Reynolds said he routinely exchanges about $100 a month through the site. And he joked that he made a “generous” $30 donation to a local Delaware County Council candidate after seeing the enormous PayPal statement.
"I was moved to be really generous by good fortune," he said.
To put the $92 quadrillion number in perspective, it’s 1,300 times greater than the world’s annual gross domestic product of $71.83 trillion.
Reynolds, 56, told the International Business Times that he received a notice from PayPal the next day asking him to verify his credit card information.
"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."