Definition of jackpot in English:

jackpot

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Pronunciation: /ˈdʒakpɒt
 
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noun

  • A large cash prize in a game or lottery, especially one that accumulates until it is won.
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    • 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, main prize, first prize; kitty, pool, pot, bank, bonanza, windfall

Phrases

hit the jackpot

informal
  • 1Win a jackpot.
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    • 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 theatre hit the jackpot with its first musical
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    • 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.

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.

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