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Chris Reynolds Was Momentarily The World’s Richest Man Thanks To PayPal Glitch

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Pennsylvania’s Chris Reynolds received an email from PayPal that showed his statement balance was more than $92 quadrillion, but when he logged into his account he found his balance back to what he thought was in the account – nothing.

The email indicated the 56-year-old had an ending balance of $92,233,720,368,547,800. The dollar amount made him the richest man in the world by far.

"I was skeptical," Reynolds told The Los Angeles Times. "And my skepticism was validated within two minutes."

Reynolds reportedly has been a PayPal customer for about a decade and uses the site to buy and sell items on eBay, including vintage car parts. He said he usually spends no more than $100 a month using PayPal.

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Reynolds, who owns a public relations firm with his wife, said he'd pay down debts with the money.

"I'm a very responsible guy," Reynolds told the Philadelphia Daily News. "I would pay the national debt down first. Then I would buy the Phillies, if I could get a great price."

PayPal admitted that it had wrongly credited Reynolds with the $92 quadrillion. To make amends, the company reportedly offered to donate an undisclosed amount of money to a charity of Reynolds' choice.

Reynolds also said he has received another notice from PayPal.

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"The sad part is that I got word that they still need me to renew the credit card that's attached to this account," Reynolds stated. "So, even though I have 90 quadrillion dollars, they still don't trust me."

Sources: Huffington Post, Los Angeles Times, Philadelphia Daily News