An 18-year old from Belfast might be the luckiest teen in the world, after finding £8.9million in his bank account – for a few hours at least.

Dane Gillespie cashed an £8,900 cheque from his grandmother into his Nationwide account, only to see that a few more 0’s were accidentally added to the sum, when he checked his online bank account.

His mother spoke to Belfast Live about her shock when she saw a phone screenshot of her son’s bank balance.

We couldn’t believe it

My son thought he was a millionaire for a few hours.

Next minute my husband messaged me with the photograph of his bank account details. It took me a wee while to click.

He’s going to me, ‘I’m gonna order a Porsche’ and I said, ‘Don’t be daft, that’s not our money, we need to get this sorted’.

It was like that for a good few hours. For an 18-year-old being a millionaire for the day, he just can’t believe it. He just wanted to go out and spend, but if you do then you have to pay it back.

He thought all his birthdays came at once this morning. It’s mad.

But the 18-year-old’s millionaire status unfortunately only lasted a few hours, with Nationwide correcting their mistake as quickly as possible.

In a statement to MailOnline, a spokesman for Nationwide said:

The customer paid the cheque in at the branch and unfortunately the wrong amount was keyed. The error was noticed straight away and the balance was corrected in a matter of seconds.

While the amount was shown on his balance, cheques do not clear straight away, so the funds were never in is account. Sadly he may have to wait a little longer to buy the Porsche he wants.

Ah well, we can all dream...


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