Man loses life savings playing carnival game
MANCHESTER, N.H. — A New Hampshire man said he spent his entire life savings trying to win a carnival game and walked away with nothing but a giant stuffed banana.
Henry Gribbohm said he was at the Manchester Carnival when he spent $2,600 trying to win an Xbox Kinect playing a game called “Tubs of Fun,” in which players try to toss balls into a tub.
Gribbohm said the game was easy when he was practicing but he said he thinks something changed when he actually started playing.
“It’s not possible that it wasn’t rigged,” Gribbohm said.
Gribbohm said he kept trying to win his money back by going double-or-nothing and lost $300 in just a few minutes.
He then went back home to retrieve $2,300 more, which he lost as well.
When he went back the next day to complain, Gribbohm said the man who was running the game gave him $600 back and the giant stuffed banana.
Gribbohm also filed a report with the Manchester Police Department.
Police said they’re investigating to determine if there was any fraud.
The carnival is run by Fiesta Shows.
Company officials said the game is run by an independent contractor who has worked for them for years.
The contractor is also being interviewed by the company.
In the meantime, the Tubs of Fun game has been removed from the traveling carnival.