Definition of jackpot in English:

jackpot

Syllabification: jack·pot
Pronunciation: /ˈjakˌpät
 
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noun

A large cash prize in a game or lottery, especially one that accumulates until it is won.
More example sentences
  • Colorful and inviting, this fantastic site offers a selection of fifty of the most popular casino games including ten progressive jackpots with a current value in excess of $530,000.
  • There are wonderful cash prizes and two jackpots on offer.
  • There are generous jackpots, wonderful cash prizes and a wonderful atmosphere for all lovers of the numbers game to enjoy.
Synonyms
top prize, first prize; pool, kitty, pot, gold mine, bonanza

Origin

late 19th century: from jack1 + pot1. The term was originally used in a form of poker, where the pool or pot accumulated until a player could open the bidding with two jacks or better.

Phrases

hit the jackpot

informal
1Win a jackpot.
More example sentences
  • After the usual checks and balances were performed, Tony received his payment in one lump sum wired to his account within a week of hitting the jackpot.
  • Fourth and last, slot players can hit the jackpot while in the hole, or with modest enough earnings that they have no incentives to stop.
  • Guadalupe Lopez was playing the Wheel of Fortune machines at the Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa when she hit the jackpot, a casino spokesman said.
2Have great or unexpected success, especially in making a lot of money quickly: the theater hit the jackpot with its first musical
More example sentences
  • Although Pumping Iron was a massive, surprise success, Schwarzenegger didn't hit the jackpot until the release of the first Terminator film in 1984.
  • After decades of trying one plantation crop after another without much success in the late nineteenth century, Malaya hit the jackpot with rubber trees in the early twentieth century.
  • Accenture is gambling that one of those companies will hit the jackpot and create the next SAP, giving Accenture first crack at helping its clients install the revolutionary software.

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