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18th Jul 2013

Keeping You Abreast: PayPal accidentally credits man’s account with 92 Quadrillion dollars

Some people have all the luck. For a while at least...

Eoghan Doherty

Some people have all the luck don’t they? Well, all the luck for a while at least.

Philadelphia resident Chris Reynolds officially became the world’s richest man for a few hours recently, after online money-transfer company PayPal accidentally credited his account with a whopping 92 quadrillion dollars.

That’s right, 92 QUADRILLION dollars.

We didn’t even know that “quadrillion” was a real number. Isn’t it just a ridiculous word we made up when we were in primary school?

According to, Reynolds usually uses his PayPal account to buy vintage car parts on eBay and, when he opened his monthly statement last week, said that he “got a quite a big surprise” after seeing that the balance stood at $92,233,720,368,547,800.

Bit of an understatement really.

JENNIFER REYNOLDS Chris Reynolds was the world's richest man for a few hours when his PayPal account showed a balance with a $92 quadrillion credit. Sadly, that number wasn't accurate and was quickly switched back.

                                                  Did his money grow on these trees?

After initially donating $30 to the Delaware County Council (generous), Reynolds immediately started to make plans to pay off the US national debt and dreamt of owning his beloved MLB team, the Philadelphia Phillies, but only “if [he] could get a great price.”

Unfortunately though, the pernickity people at PayPal soon realised the errors of their ways and the accounting mistake was quickly rectified, with Reynolds’ balance returning to $0.00.

And so we all live on in the hope of our own fortunate windfall. In the meantime though, we’re going to keep on buying those National Lottery Scratch Cards.

We’ll see you on Winning Streak yet Marty Whelan, we’ll see you on Winning Streak yet.

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