This is the second time Diana Lagulli from central Florida has had millions in her account. Unfortunately, it was all but a mirage.
These are definitely strange times. We've been forced to completely change our behavior in a matter of just a few days. What we don't expect to change much though are our bank balances. As millions of Americans wait for their stimulus payments to arrive either via mail as a check or as a direct deposit into their bank accounts, some citizens have found that their bank account balances have been varying - some, by millions. When Diana Lagulli from central Florida went to withdraw a part of her stimulus payment from her usual ATM, she found that she had $8.5 million in her bank account, FOX 35 News reports.
Central Florida woman looking for stimulus deposit finds a temporary $8.5 million in account https://t.co/Hhj2ASbTOm pic.twitter.com/E7I43ZgMmn— Orlando Sentinel (@orlandosentinel) April 15, 2020
Lagulli went to the ATM, located at a local Wawa outlet in Sanford, earlier this week on Tuesday. She intended to withdraw part of her stimulus payment from the federal government. Just as she was wrapping up her transaction, she noticed something odd. Her bank balance had changed - drastically. She realized as she read the ATM screen, she had $8.5 million deposited into her bank account. The woman, who had visited the ATM with her young son in tow, joked to him, "Look, your parents are millionaires." The pair had a quick laugh before returning home to business as usual. When she made a phone call to her bank, they informed her that the money was not actually in her account.
The mother knew it was too good to be true. She was aware that the inflated bank balance was a glitch as this is not the first time she has experienced such an incident. A day prior, on Monday, she was withdrawing funds from an ATM when she noticed, again, that her bank balance was in the millions. $3.5 million, to be exact. However, the money was not really in her account. Lagulli is not the only person to experience this ATM glitch. In New Chicago, Indiana, Charles Calvin withdrew $200 from an ATM over the weekend. After he printed his receipt, he noticed something strange: his bank balance had a couple of more zeroes than he was typically used to.
According to the receipt, Calvin had $8.2 million in his checking account. Nonetheless, just like Lagulli, he discovered the money hadn't actually been deposited into his account after he contacted his bank. "It kind of sucks,” he said in an interview with WGN 9. “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." You too may have a similar experience to what Calvin and Lagulli did in the upcoming few weeks as the federal government deposits stimulus payments into the accounts of millions of Americans. However, it's probably best to remember that an inflated bank balance may just be a glitch. Don't get your hopes up!
Over the next few weeks, citizens will receive their first stimulus payment from the federal government. All individuals are entitled to $1,200 while married couples will receive $2,400. Families will also receive up to $500 per child in a household if they qualify. If you filed federal income tax returns in 2018 and 2019, or are a senior citizen or retiree, you can expect to receive your stimulus payment as a direct deposit into your bank account. Others who do not have a direct deposit set up will be sent checks. The stimulus payments, also known as Economic Impact Payments, are part of the federal government's $2 trillion relief package to combat the economic downturn caused by the Coronavirus pandemic.