Man stunned after waking up to find he had $89 million in his bank account
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For many of us, the first thing we'll do in the morning is brew come coffee, go for a pee and check our phones and devices to catch up on all that we missed as we slept.
Well, one man woke up up to the shock of his life after finding out he had a whopping $89 million in his bank account.
The man, Daniel Levene, couldn't quite believe his eyes on Tuesday (8 August) when he saw the fortune sitting right there.
Levene, a Manhattan venture capitalist, started his day by logging on to his computer at around 10am.
Seems like a fairly standard morning so far, right?
Well, when he checked his balance, the 50-year-old former Goldman Sachs bond trader found that E-Trade Financial Corporation, a subsidiary of Morgan Stanley which offers an electronic trading platform to trade financial assets, deposited more than $89 million into his account.
$89,900,912 - to be exact.
"Did I just win the lottery?" he asked himself.
I'd say that's a few lotteries there, pal.
Rushing to call a friend to alert them of the news, he joked: "Let’s go to Monaco, buy a yacht, and watch the Grand Prix."
However, he would later find out the lump sum of cash was actually an accident.
Speaking to The New York Post, Levene revealed: "Obviously, I knew it was a mistake," and got in touch with an E-Trade customer service rep to iron the whole thing out.
Attaching a photo of the hefty bank balance, Levene wrote in the email: "This is interesting – Please call me IMMEDIATELY – Did I just win the Lottery???"
Now, if there's more than $89 million at loose - you'd expect the brokerage to want to clear things up pretty rapidly, yet it took more than an hour for the company to respond to Levene and take back the millions.
While E-Trade did apologize for the financial fiasco, it has not yet been explained why the wad of cash ended up in Levene's account in the first place.
A representative for the brokerage said E-Trade 'did not process any wire transfers anywhere in the neighborhood of what is being suggested'.
The rep went on to add that if such a case did happen, the company would 'always work closely with that customer to resolve the issue'.
"In such a case, no funds would have left the firm," they added, per the outlet.
Talk about an anti-climax.