PayPal Accidentally Credits Customer $92 Quadrillion

by Dan Holden | July 18, 2013


For two minutes, public relations executive Chris Reynolds of Pennsylvania was the richest man in the world.

By many orders of magnitude.

Reynolds told the Los Angeles Times on Wednesday that an emailed statement of his PayPal account indicated he had a balance of $92,233,720,368,547,800,  or approximately 92.2 quadrillion dollars.

“I was skeptical,” Reynolds told the Times. “And my skepticism was validated within two minutes.”

When he logged into his PayPal account to verify the amount, his balance was back to $0.

After Reynolds posted screen grabs of the check on his Facebook account and a Philadelphia newspaper picked up the story, PayPal contacted Reynolds, offering to donate an undisclosed sum to a charity of his choice.

Reynolds said the donation was “many digits short” of the $92 quadrillion, but “it was a meaningful donation.”

PayPal hasn’t yet offered an explanation for the glitch but said the company was looking into the matter.

“This was obviously an error and appreciate that Mr. Reynolds understands this was the case,” the company said in a statement.

Reynolds said that if he had indeed been made rich, he would have purchased the Philadelphia Phillies.

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