Definition of jackpot in English:



  • A large cash prize in a game or lottery, especially one that accumulates until it is won.

    • ‘Take Powerball in the U.S. This game is a multi-state lottery and the jackpots have crept over the $300 million a few times (they have to pay tax so the take home is only half of that).’
    • ‘So it caught our attention this week when the wife of a winner of one of the biggest single lottery jackpots ever awarded said she wished she had torn up that ticket.’
    • ‘As sales have soared, NS&I has been able to increase the value of the prize fund to provide a second jackpot.’
    • ‘She rejects the argument that National Lottery jackpots are too large and should be capped at, say, #1m because of the way sales increase in rollover weeks.’
    • ‘There are wonderful cash prizes and also two jackpots on offer.’
    • ‘Because of the jackpot and the big prize money on offer, the Golden League attracts the best athletes in the world.’
    • ‘There have been 11 unclaimed jackpots in the National Lottery's history.’
    • ‘Plans for Las Vegas-style casinos and fruit machines with £1m jackpots were approved in the Commons, despite a revolt against the government scheme by Labour MPs.’
    • ‘There are wonderful cash prizes and jackpots on offer and a friendly atmosphere pertains.’
    • ‘Bingo continues next week at 8.30 pm with €1,380 in jackpots, cash on Raffle, €3,070 on offer.’
    • ‘The odds of winning the jackpot on the national lottery are one in nearly 14m.’
    • ‘Rumours are sweeping Cricklade that a lucky resident has scooped the lottery jackpot.’
    • ‘LAS VEGAS - With slot floors looking more and more alike, casinos jockeying for the latest hot games are using another tool to woo gamblers: custom-designed jackpots.’
    • ‘There are wonderful cash prizes and two jackpots on offer.’
    • ‘Besides the jackpot there are five prizes of 40 each week and also prizes for promoters.’
    • ‘Bingo halls will be able to offer much bigger jackpots and rollover prizes.’
    • ‘Three jackpot-shows are programmed for low-level, medium-level and high-level jackpots.’
    • ‘There are generous jackpots, wonderful cash prizes and a wonderful atmosphere for all lovers of the numbers game to enjoy.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Fixed odds machines are high pay-out gaming machines offering jackpots of anything up to £500, and exchanges are when groups of people choose not to use a bookmaker and bet among themselves instead.’
    top prize, main prize, first prize
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  • hit the jackpot

    • 1informal Win a jackpot.

      • ‘Even the most worn-down residents retain a paltry hope in hitting the jackpot, making fifty-cent bets with Lou and imploring him, ‘Make me a winner, man!’’
      • ‘One example cited is the closure in 1998 of a south Wales oil company when its lottery syndicate hit the jackpot.’
      • ‘Guadalupe Lopez was playing the Wheel of Fortune machines at the Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa when she hit the jackpot, a casino spokesman said.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Sarsfields GAA club would like to congratulate Robbie Hegarty of Newbridge on hitting the jackpot in the club lotto recently when he won 14000.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘It's like going to Vegas and playing the slots: There's always the possibility of hitting the jackpot, so you keep feeding in the quarters.’
      • ‘The visitors, mostly lottery punters, are bringing food and money for the snake following news that villagers in Selangau hit the jackpot through betting on four-digit numbers chosen by the big snake, the Star said.’
      • ‘Since hitting the jackpot nearly a fortnight ago Michael Turner, 44, and his partner Lesley Learad, 40, have resigned from their jobs at a manufacturing plant and a pharmacy.’
      • ‘If you can get these three cherries in a line, you have hit the jackpot, whether you measure success in money, in print acreage, in airtime, in pixels or in love.’
      win a large prize, win a lot of money, strike it lucky, make a large profit, make a fortune, make one's fortune, make money, be successful, be lucky
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    • 2informal Have great or unexpected success, especially in making a lot of money quickly.

      ‘the theatre hit the jackpot with its first musical’
      • ‘And the time is right now to witness three of bodybuilding's hottest stars get diced and roll the dice onstage to see whose physique will hit the jackpot with the judges.’
      • ‘They finally hit the jackpot when the Cowboys agreed to take their first-rounder next season plus second- and fifth-rounders this year.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Although Pumping Iron was a massive, surprise success, Schwarzenegger didn't hit the jackpot until the release of the first Terminator film in 1984.’
      • ‘Well, I was out there for two different visits a couple of weeks each and I was actually chasing this species plus a couple of other species which are also not yet named and classified and I got lucky, hit the jackpot with this one.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘New York Post columnist Ken Moran hits the jackpot in the opening of a recent column.’
      • ‘Despite being an utter failure at his craft, German television director Wilfried Huismann hit the jackpot in persuading Lorenz to tell him her story.’
      • ‘The Mariners, of course, hit the jackpot in 2001 when they took a chance on Ichiro Suzuki, a Japanese baseball veteran with seven consecutive batting titles in his homeland.’
      • ‘In wine terms, Australia hit the jackpot with their big sweet Chardonnay and rough-necked Shiraz, but now there is a gap in the market for something with a few contours, some savoury tastes, some complexity.’
      win a large prize, win a lot of money, strike it lucky, make a large profit, make a fortune, make one's fortune, make money, be successful, be lucky
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Late 19th century: from jack + pot. 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.