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A man waiting on stimulus check becomes an instant millionaire thanks to government mixup

What's better than winning the lottery?  The U.S. government depositing eight million dollars into your bank account.  That's what happened to one Indiana man who is still trying to figure out what went wrong... or right.

WGNTV reports that Charles Calvin, who works as a New Chicago volunteer firefighter, was doing what every American is up to these days -- checking their bank account to see if their stimulus money has come.

Well, for Calvin, who was waiting for $1,700 learned on Friday that the government bolstered his coffers by a mind blowing 8.2 million bucks.  

"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," Calvin said. "Apparently, my account had $8.2 million in it."

To make sure he wasn't having a fever dream, he ran his card again.  And again.  And again only to see the same balance come up every time.

Said Calvin, "I was like, ‘Man, what is going on with this?'”  

Well, the dream of luxury yachts or paying off debts was dead by Monday, when his bank confirmed the 8.2 million was retrieved from his account.  They did offer some good news though, his $1,700 stimulus check was, finally, in there.

"It kind of sucks," he joked. "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."

It's still unknown if the million dollar screwup was a government or a bank error.






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