A jackpot is a pile of money won during a game such as a poker. It's also any example of good fortune.

Originally, a jackpot was a pile of money in poker that accumulated until someone produced a pair of jacks (or something better). These days, a jackpot is any kind of prize, winnings, or success. If you get a high-paying job, you hit the jackpot. If you married a wonderful person, you hit the jackpot. Sometimes a jackpot is specific to a game, like the money won from a hand of 21, but any good fortune can be considered a jackpot.

Definitions of jackpot
  1. noun
    the cumulative amount involved in a game (such as poker)
    synonyms: kitty, pot
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    type of:
    bet, stake, stakes, wager
    the money risked on a gamble
  2. noun
    any outstanding award
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    type of:
    award, prize
    something given for victory or superiority in a contest or competition or for winning a lottery
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