Definition of hit the jackpot in English:

hit the jackpot

phrase

informal
  • 1Win a 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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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!’’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Guadalupe Lopez was playing the Wheel of Fortune machines at the Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa when she hit the jackpot, a casino spokesman 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.’
    • ‘One example cited is the closure in 1998 of a south Wales oil company when its lottery syndicate hit 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.’
    • ‘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.’
    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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  • 2Have great or unexpected success, especially in making a lot of money quickly.

    ‘the theater hit the jackpot with its first musical’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Although Pumping Iron was a massive, surprise success, Schwarzenegger didn't hit the jackpot until the release of the first Terminator film in 1984.’
    • ‘Despite being an utter failure at his craft, German television director Wilfried Huismann hit the jackpot in persuading Lorenz to tell him her story.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘They finally hit the jackpot when the Cowboys agreed to take their first-rounder next season plus second- and fifth-rounders this year.’
    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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