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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.

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"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.

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.

"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