Henry Gribbohm loses life savings on New Hampshire carnival game

Gribbohm lost $2,600 in the game, but he eventually got $600 back and a giant stuffed banana. Photo: WBZ/CNN

A New Hampshire man dropped his life savings - $2,600, to be exact - on a carnival game last week. All he has to show for it is a giant stuffed banana with dreadlocks.

Now, Henry Gribbohm, the man who lost it all trying to win an an Xbox Kinect, is claiming the game was rigged.

Gribbohm tells WBZ-TV in Boston that he attended a carnival in Manchester, N.H., put on by a company called Fiesta Shows, and tried his luck at a game called Tubs of Fun. It involves players trying to toss balls into a tub, and Gribbohm thought it seemed easy when he practiced.

Then the balls started popping out of the tub while he was playing, so he kept trying. In fact, he kept going double-or-nothing to try and win his money back. He quickly lost $300 on Tubs of Fun.

Gribbohm then went home, retrieved $2,300 more, and promptly lost that as well.

"You're expecting the kids to win a few things, let the kids have a good time, it just didn't turn out that way," he said. "It's not possible that it wasn't rigged."

John Flynn, the vice president of Fiesta Shows, told WBZ that the game is run by an independent contractor and the company is investigating the game. He adds, though, that many of their game operators have been with the company for years and none of them contain any scams. Authorities say they're investigating any possible fraud after Gribbohm filed a report with Manchester Police.

"I know it's a difficult game," Flynn said of Tubs of Fun. "I've tried it myself. I've done it once, missed probably 20 times."

That's no solace for Henry, despite going back the next day to complain. When he voiced his displeasure, the man running the game gave him $600 back and the aforementioned giant banana with dreadlocks. He also says he's considering a lawsuit.