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A New Hampshire man says he lost his life savings trying to win a gaming console prize at a carnival game.

Henry Gribbohm said success came pretty easily when he practiced, but something changed when he started actually playing the “Tubs of Fun” game at the Manchester Carnival.  The game involves players tossing balls into a tub.

Gribbohm said he lost $300 in just a few minutes as he tried to win his money back by going double-or-nothing in the game.  He went home and returned with another $2,300, which he also lost.

He says when he returned the next day to complain, the man running the game gave him back $600 and a giant stuffed banana.

Gribbohm says he filed a report with Manchester, New Hampshire Police.  Police said they were investigating to determine whether there was any fraud in the case.  Gribbohm said he was considering filing a lawsuit.

Company officials for Fiesta Shows, which operates the carnival, say the game is run by an independent contractor who has worked for them for years.  They are interviewing the contractor to find out what happened.  The contractor was not allowed to set up again at the traveling carnival until the investigation is complete.