App Downloading Earns Ohio Man $10,000 And Here's Why

By Matthew Klickstein , May 16, 2013 05:04 PM EDT

It was an ordinary day for Mentor, Ohio resident Brandon Ashmore when he downloaded an app in typical fashion ... with a most atypical result. What Ashmore didn't know was that by downloading the app –– a simple word game called Say the Same Thing –– he unknowingly put Apple over the 50 billion app download mark.

The company decided to thank Ashmore with a prize of $10,000.

Before you get too jealous of Ashmore's win, it's worth noting that the $10,000 isn't coming in cash. Ashmore's app downloading on Tuesday, May 14 has instead gained him a $10,000 gift card to the Apple App Store.

Since launching in 2008, Apple has seen a great deal of success with its popular brand of apps via the App Store and recently proclaimed that it would be offering $10,000 to the downloader of its 50 billionth app.

As relayed by ABC News, Apple says that the 50 billion mark does not include those apps that were re-downloaded or updates.

"Steve Jobs announced the launch of the App Store in the summer of 2008 with 500 apps," ABC News reminds us. "It now has more than 850,000 iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch apps, with more than 350,000 iPad specific apps. Earlier this month, Apple also celebrated the 10th anniversary of iTunes."

Being Apple's closest competitor, Google announced at Google I/O on Tuesday, May 14 that it too is nearing the 50 billion app download mark, with 48 billion apps currently downloaded since opening its Play Store also in 2008 (though four months after Apple's App Store launched).

Apple's own developer conference will be taking place on June 10, at which time it is likely going to talk about iOS 7, which should be a big redesign from iOS 6.

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