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DERRY, NH (KCTV/WBZ/CNN) -

A New Hampshire man says his trip to the carnival was a horror show where he ended up losing his life savings.

He claims he was conned at a carnival game.

Henry Gribbohm says he lost his life savings - $2,600 - on a carnival game, and all he has to show for it is a stuffed banana with dreadlocks.

"You're expecting to win a few things, let the kids have a good time. It just didn't turn out that way," Gribbohm said.

Gribbohm said he attended a Manchester carnival run by Fiesta Shows and wanted to win an Xbox Kinect at a game called "Tubs of Fun," where contestants toss balls into a tub.

When he practiced, he says it was easy but something changed when he started playing, and the balls kept popping out.

"It's not possible that it wasn't rigged," Gribbohm said.

He said he kept trying to win back his money by going double or nothing. He dropped $300 in just a few minutes, then says he went home to get $2,300 more and soon lost all that as well.

"I know it's a difficult game, I've tried it myself. I've done it once, missed probably 20 times," Fiesta Shows vice president John Flynn said.

Fiesta Shows said the game is run by an independent contractor who has worked for them for years. They are interviewing the contractor to see what happened.

Flynn said none of the games were scams.

"Not that I'm aware of. We've had a lot of these game operators with us for years," Flynn said.

The traveling carnival is now setting up in Derry, NH, but people will not see "Tubs of Fun."

Fiesta Shows said the independent contractor that runs the game is not allowed to set up while an investigation is taking place.

"You get caught up in the whole double or nothing. I've got to win my money back," Gribbohm said.

Gribbohm said he went back the next day to complain, and the man running the game gave him back $600. He split with the banana and the cash and filed a report with Manchester police.

"For once in my life, I happened to become that sucker," Gribbohm said.

Police say they're investigating to determine if there was any fraud. Gribbohm said he is considering a lawsuit.

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