Published: Wed, December 27, 2017
Finance | By Cynthia Curry

Pennsylvania woman receives $284 billion electric bill

Pennsylvania woman receives $284 billion electric bill

"My eyes just about popped out of my head", she told the paper. The "good news" was that her minimum payment was only $28,176. Mary Horomanski was shocked when she saw the number of zeroes in her statement, wondering if the Christmas lights were somehow to blame.

REUTERS/Rick WilkingU.S. currency and coins in a vault at a bank in Westminster, Colorado.

Mary Horomanski checked her online account this month and found she owed $284 billion to the electric company-a fortune worth more than the national debts of Hungary and South Africa combined, the Erie Times-News reported.

Luckily the company gave her a pretty lenient deadline to pay it off.

But Horomanski got her son to call the electric company Penelec and they agreed that her real bill was $284.46.

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Mark Durbin, a spokesman for Penelec, said a decimal point was probably put in the wrong place.

Penelec, Horomanski's provider, later confirmed that an error had been made after the family contacted the utility company.

"I can't recall ever seeing a bill for billions of dollars", the spokesperson told the Erie Times-News. "We appreciate the customer's willingness to reach out to us about the mistake", Durbin told the newspaper.

Horomanski joked that she asked her son for a different Christmas gift after seeing the oversized bill: "a heart monitor".

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