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Man Gets $92 Quadrillion, Briefly Becomes World's Richest

A PayPal representative called Chris Reynolds and expressed embarrassment for the mistake

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    Chris Reynolds opened his monthly email statement and was stunned to find that his account had been credited $92,233,720,368,547,800.

    A man from Pennsylvania was briefly the world’s richest man when he discovered a little over $92 quadrillion dollars in his PaylPal account Friday.

    Chris Reynolds opened his monthly email statement and was stunned to find that his account had been credited $92,233,720,368,547,800.

    That amount would made Reynolds a million times richer than Mexican telecom mogul Carlos Slim who is worth $67 billion. Reynolds knew right away it was a mistake.

    "It's a number you don't see written out very often, even in national finance circles," Chris Reynolds, 56, told the New York Daily News. "My thought was a) it's a mistake and b) it's a big mistake. It was more funny than elating."

    Reynolds logged directly onto PayPal's website, where his account balance read $0, which was the correct amount.

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    He posted the original PDF statement showing the erroneous transfer to his Facebook page and soon received emails from friends he had not been in touch with for many years.

    A PayPal representative called Reynolds and expressed embarrassment for the error. The company offered to donate an unspecified amount to a charity of his choice, Philly.com reported.

    "We think it's inspiring that he decided to use this occurrence to donate to a cause he believes in," Pay Pal said in a statement. "And we hope to honor this spirit by donating to a cause of his choice - we've reached out to him to make this offer and to let him know we are grateful that he's a customer!"

    Reynolds declined to name which charity he picked or how much PayPal donated on his behalf.