msnbc.com staff and news service reports
updated 3/11/2011 9:34:05 AM ET 2011-03-11T14:34:05

Ohio's tax department says a promise that it would send a woman a $200 million refund check was a mistake due to a software glitch.

According to The Sandusky Register, Denise Bossetti was among 9,700 taxpayers statewide who received Ohio Department of Taxation notices about mega-refunds. It's not clear if the other amounts were as big as what Bossetti was told to expect.

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The woman from Huron in northern Ohio was sent a letter dated Jan. 24 saying her $200 million refund could not be paid by direct deposit so she'd be sent a check.

Bossetti says she and her boyfriend had a "big laugh" over the letter.

Another dated a week later explained there'd been a software error.

"This has never happened before," tax department spokesman Gary Gudmundson told the newspaper. "The problem has been fixed."

The Associated Press and msnbc.com staff contributed to this report.

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