Hi may name is ***** ***** I may be able to assist. You shouldn't have had to pay anything to get access to your GMail account. How did you get in touch with Dan from GMail? Free GMail accounts have no phone support.
Oh, I see that you talked with another tech here at JustAnswer.com. It looks like he had you go through the password ***** site on GMail at https://www.google.com/accounts/recovery. Did that not work for you?