Man finds out he's a millionaire after stimulus check mishap: 'It kind of sucks'
A volunteer firefighter in Indiana was in for a shock when he withdrew $200 from his checking account.
Charles Calvin was expecting the arrival of $1,700 from the stimulus payments going out to Americans on April 10, but when he looked at his ATM receipt, he saw a lot more zeros than he was expecting.
The available balance listed as remaining in Calvin’s account was $8.2 million.
Thinking it was an error with the ATM printing, Calvin ran his debit card through the machine again to double-check. The message again told him that he had $8.2 million in checking.
Calvin called his bank to investigate, but by the time they got around to it, the money was already gone. The bank also confirmed that his $1,700 was correctly deposited instead.
“It kind of sucks,” he told WGN9. “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.”
Calvin also wondered if this was a one-time fluke or if other taxpayers were dealing with similar issues with their stimulus checks — if not worse, actually receiving less than they were supposed to.
Ultimately, Calvin wasn’t sure who to report the error to besides his bank, but is glad he at least got the $1,700 he was promised.
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