Pennsylvania woman left stunned after seeing $284 billion electricity bill

"If we sell everything we own & then some just maybe in 100 years it just may be paid off," Mary Horomanski said.


                            Pennsylvania woman left stunned after seeing $284 billion electricity bill

A woman from Pennsylvania was left astounded after she checked her monthly electricity bill earlier this month. Reports state that the bill showed that she owed nearly $284 billion. 

Erie homeowner, 58-year-old Mary Horomanski, said that she got the shock of her life after seeing the bill, and started wondering if it was because of the way she had put up her Christmas lights which amounted to the humongous bill.

“My eyes just about popped out of my head,” Erie homeowner Mary Horomanski, 58, said. “We had put up Christmas lights and I wondered if we had put them up wrong.”

Mary Horomanski was afraid that the billion dollar bill was because of her Christmas lights (not the ones shown in the image) she had put up (Getty Images)

It would have taken some really extravagant Christmas lights to chalk up that amount in the electric bill. According to a CNN report in April, $284 billion is greater than the entire market value of Walmart. 

Horomanski said that she checked her account statement for her electricity bill online and was taken aback when she saw  $284,460,000,000 as her bill amount on the screen. Her electric provider is Penelec.



Reports state that Horomanski was told that she had until November 2018 to pay the entire amount mentioned in the bill. Her first payment for December was $28,156.



The hundred billion dollar bill worried the family and Horomanki's son called Penelec to inquire about the absurd amount. The electric provider then fixed the statement and said that the actual electric amount she owed for the month was $284.46 and not the billion dollars mentioned in the bill, according to reports. 



A spokesperson for Penelec Mark Dublin provided an explanation for the goof-up and said that the decimal point in the bill somehow was in the wrong place.

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



The paper reported that after seeing the bill, Horomanksi told her son that she had a better idea for a Christmas gift for her. 

“I told him I want a heart monitor,” Horomanski said.

Horomanski said that it would take her nearly 100 years to pay her electric bill. (Getty Images)

Horomanski shared a photo of the bill this week along with a joking tagline, "If we sell everything we own & then some just maybe in 100 years it just may be paid off."



Horomanski wrote on Facebook:

"My question would be to send to Penelec... Have your rates increased. If so has anyone been notified? Because I’m pretty sure this bill alone reflex much more then that . If I’m not mistaken , it’s probably higher then the national debt. Although you actually give us until Nov 22 , 2018 to pay that but your looking for a current amount of $28,000 plus. So if we sell everything we own & then some just maybe in 100 years it just may be paid off. Any thoughts on this?

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