Online payments broker PayPal has admitted it erroneously credit a PayPal account with $92 quadrillion (£60 quadrillion).
Chris Reynolds, 56, of Pennsylvania, a PayPal customer who uses the service to buy and sell items on eBay, particularly vintage car parts, saw a surprising figure in his monthly statement, delivered Friday. That figure $92,233,720,368,547,800, or about $92 quadrillion.
But the error was quickly recognised and his account had returned to zero by the time he had logged in.
"At first I thought that I owed quadrillions,” said the down-to-earth Reynolds, according to Philly.com. "It was quite a big surprise.".
Upon double-checking his account, he discovered he neither owed that amount nor had it coming to him: His balance was zero.
Still, Reynolds said, the imaginary epic windfall left him feeling charitable. After opening the email, he donated $30 to the Democratic slate for Delaware County Council.
"I was moved to be really generous by good fortune," said the father of three.
"I'm a very responsible guy," he said. "I would pay the national debt down first. Then I would buy the Phillies, if I could get a great price."
PayPal admitted the mistake and the firm said it would offer to make a donation to a charity of My Reynolds' choice.