- to achieve a sensational success; have sudden luck: The firm has hit the jackpot with its new line of computers.
- to win a jackpot.
Origin of jackpot
Examples from the Web for jackpot
In the meantime, he takes trips to Vegas, sometimes sleeping in his car or in movie theaters for weeks, hoping to hit the jackpot.
Just a few blocks down on Sixth Avenue in Birmingham, they hit the jackpot.
The jackpot hit when Matthew McConaughey read the script and said, “I want to do this.”Inside the Obsessive, Strange Mind of True Detective’s Nic Pizzolatto|Andrew Romano|February 4, 2014|DAILY BEAST
From tour guides to chefs, glass blowers to club owners, they each tout different talents to hit the jackpot.Ganjapreneurs Flock to Colorado Following Marijuana Legalization|Abby Haglage, Caitlin Dickson|January 29, 2014|DAILY BEAST
People who play slot machines are excited because they never know when pulling the lever will result in a jackpot.Porn Boycott: Pastor Jay Dennis Wants You to Join 1 Million Men|Winston Ross|July 3, 2013|DAILY BEAST
A faint heart may never win a fair lady, but five of them have won many a jackpot.The New Pun Book|Thomas A. Brown and Thomas Joseph Carey
Jimmie Greeley was raking in a jackpot, grinning fiendishly at the dour Jim Hutch when they heard heavy, running feet outside.Down the Mother Lode|Vivia Hemphill
Then Galbini hit the jackpot with his Taleggio that fills the need for the sharpest, most sophisticated pungence of them all.The Complete Book of Cheese|Robert Carlton Brown
When poker was played, beans were put in the jackpot instead of money.A Gold Hunter's Experience|Chalkley J. Hambleton
Did the preacher gent die, er did Brother Peyton jump the game, taking the jackpot with him?David Lannarck, Midget|George S. Harney
- to win a jackpot
- informalto achieve great success, esp through luck
Word Origin for jackpot
also jack-pot, "big prize," 1944, from slot machine sense (1932), from obsolete poker sense (1881) of antes that begin when no player has a pair of jacks or better; from jack (n.) in the card-playing sense + pot (n.1). Earlier, in criminal slang, it meant "trouble," especially "an arrest" (1902).
The regular Draw-Poker game is usually varied by occasional Jack-Pots, which are played once in so many deals, or when all have refused to play, or when the player deals who holds the buck, a marker placed in the pool with every jack-pot. In a jack-pot each player puts up an equal stake and receives a hand. The pot must then be opened by a player holding a hand of the value of a pair of knaves (jacks) or better. If no player holds so valuable a hand the deal passes and each player adds a small sum to the pot or pool. When the pot is opened the opener does so by putting up any sum he chooses, within the limit, and his companions must pay in the same amount or "drop." They also possess the right to raise the opener. The new cards called for are then dealt and the opener starts the betting, the play proceeding as in the regular game. ["Encyclopaedia Britannica," 11th ed., 1911, "Poker." The article notes "Jack-Pots were introduced about 1870."]
see hit the jackpot.