Indiana man waiting for $1.7k stimulus payment finds $8.2M in his bank account

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Indiana man recently had the surprise of a lifetime.

Charles Calvin, a volunteer firefighter, was expecting a stimulus payment for $1,700

Charles Calvin told WGN 9 he withdrew $200 from his checking account at an ATM last weekend.

He glanced down on his receipt and noticed a few more zeroes than usual. He told the station his bank account balance was $8.2 million.

Calvin, a volunteer firefighter in New Chicago, Indiana, was supposed to receive $1,700 from the stimulus payments going out to Americans to help assist those impacted by the coronavirus.

“I went to the ATM at the Family Express and once I withdrew $200 out of my account I looked at the available balance still left in my account,” he said.

He said his account had $8.2 million in it. He was only supposed to receive $1,700.

Not believing what he was seeing, he ran his card again but it said the same thing. He was a millionaire.

Calvin told WGN 9 that he immediately called his bank to report his new-found wealth, but by the time they investigated, the money was gone.

His bank did inform him that his $1,700 stimulus payment was deposited, although he’s still wondering if the mistake was a fluke or if taxpayers in the U.S. aren’t receiving the right amount.

“It kind of sucks,” he told the station. “You go from being a millionaire one second then back to being broke again. But hey, once you’re poor you don’t have anywhere else to go but up.”

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Calvin still isn’t sure if this was an error on behalf of the federal government, his bank or the particular ATM he used, but he said he’s just glad he did end up with the $1,700 promised.


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