Trying to win an Xbox, NH man loses life savings on carnival game

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Photo courtesy: WBZ-TV

Photo courtesy: WBZ-TV

MANCHESTER, N.H. — A man who thought he was pretty good at ball tossing learned a hard lesson after losing $2,600 on a carnival game.

Now, he claims the game was rigged.

Henry Gribbohm, 30, says he lost his life savings playing the game at the Manchester Carnival and all he has to show for it is a giant stuffed banana with dreadlocks.

Gribbohm said he was trying to win an Xbox Kinect playing a game called “Tubs of Fun.”  To win at the game, contestants try to toss balls into a tub.

You’re expecting to win a few things, and you know, let the kids have a good time.  And it just didn’t turn out that way,” he said.

When he practiced, he said it was easy.  But he thinks something changed when he starting playing for the prize — the balls he tossed kept popping out of the tub.

“It’s not possible that it wasn’t rigged,” Gribbohm said.

Gribbohm told WBZ-TV in Boston he kept trying to win his money back and lost $300 in just a few minutes.

Because you get caught up in the whole double or nothing.  I’ve got to win my money back,” he said.

Gribbohm then went home to retrieve $2,300 more and he lost that money as well.

The next day, he went back to the carnival to complain.  He said the man who was running the game gave him $600 back and the giant stuffed banana.

Dismayed, Gribbohm filed a report with the Manchester Police Department.  Police say they’re investigating the game to determine if any fraud was involved.

Fiesta Shows runs the traveling carnival.  Company officials said the game is operated by an independent contractor who has worked for them for years.  The contractor is also being interviewed by the company.

Meanwhile, the Tubs of Fun game has been removed from the carnival.

Gribbohm is considering filing a lawsuit against the company.

“For once in my life, I’ve become that sucker,” he said.


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