jackpot jack‧pot [ˈdʒækpɒt ǁ -pɑːt] noun [countable]
1. a large prize you can win in a lottery (= a game of chance in which people buy tickets with numbers on ) :

• this week's £3 million jackpot in the National Lottery

2. a large amount of profit:

• General Dynamics sees a potential jackpot in these new aircraft.

3. hit the jackpot if a person or organization hits the jackpot, they make a lot of money, or have a big success:

• Du Pont chemists have hit the jackpot with this new fiber.

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jackpot UK US /ˈdʒækpɒt/ noun [C]
a large amount of money that you win in a game or a lottery: »

One ticket holder won a jackpot of 4.2 million euros.


The weekly jackpot prize averages 2 million dollars.

a big unexpected success, profit, etc.: »

The new executive chairman would have to meet set targets to earn a shares jackpot.

hit the jackpot — Cf. hit the jackpot

Financial and business terms. 2012.

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