North Texas woman surprised when she finds an extra $37 million in her bank account

Posted at 6:44 AM, Dec 13, 2019
and last updated 2019-12-13 07:45:37-05

DALLAS — Imagine you go to check your bank account one day ... And you see an unexpected deposit for $37 million!

It happened to a North Texas woman.

A couple of days ago Ruth Balloon was finishing up her shift at Roma Boots in Dallas where she works.

She says she was having a good day – and then things got a little better when she decided to look at her bank account.

“I was like wow, we have a lot of money!” Balloon said.

A lot seems like an understatement...Ruth’s account somehow had an extra $37 million in it.

“I hoped someone really gifted us with something like that, like 37 million,” Balloon said.

She says her first thought was to take a breath and then tell her husband about it.

He then called their bank, Legacy Texas, to ask about the deposit that seemed too good to be true.

Ruth says they were advised it was a clerical error.

The bank apologized and took back the money.

"I was a millionaire. I have a screen shot of it so I can say that now. It's quite a story," Balloon said.

She says there was no way she was going to keep the money knowing it wasn't hers, but now she's hoping maybe the bank will gift her some kind of a finder’s fee?

"A thank you reward would be a little bit good. You know? Just for being a good customer and notifying them as soon as possible," Balloon said.

While the millions may have only been around for a day and a half, it was certainly enough time for her to think about what to do with so much dough.

"So first I was going to do 10 percent tithing. Then I was going to donate some money and then I would have probably invested it in real estate," Balloon said.

Legacy Bank explained the error happened during a manual input of foreign currency.

Apparently the exchange rate caused the mixed up.