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hit the jackpot

1. To win or earn a large amount of money. Stop wasting your money on lottery tickets—it's not like you'll ever hit the jackpot.
2. To find what one has been looking for. We needed poster board and hit the jackpot at the art supply store down the street.
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hit the jackpot

 
1. Lit. to win a large amount of money gambling or in a lottery. I hit the jackpot in the big contest. Sally hit the jackpot in the lottery.
2. Fig. to be exactly right; to find exactly what was sought. I hit the jackpot when I found this little cafe on Fourth Street. I wanted a small house with a fireplace, and I really hit the jackpot with this one.
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hit the jackpot

Be highly successful, especially unexpectedly; win, especially a lot of money. For example, She hit the jackpot at the auction; that platter turned out to be genuine Meissen. This term comes from a form of poker in which a hand can be opened only if one holds at least a pair of jacks (or higher). Often a number of hands must be dealt before anyone can open, and since players must put in money for each round, the jackpot, or total amount held, is apt to be quite large. [Early 1900s]
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hit the jackpot

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1. If you hit the jackpot with something, you have great success and earn a lot of money from it. The National Theatre hit the jackpot with its first musical, Guys And Dolls. The three actors hit the jackpot when they opened their restaurant in New York.
2. You can say that someone hits the jackpot when they succeed in getting or finding something which they have been searching for. I went through all the people called Lasalles in the Sydney phone book until I hit the jackpot. Note: This expression was originally used in poker (= a card game). A `jackpot' was a sum of money which increased until someone could start the betting with a pair of jacks or higher.
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hit the jackpot

1 win a jackpot. 2 have great or unexpected success, especially in making a lot of money quickly. informal
Originally, in the late 19th century, jackpot was a term used in a form of poker, where the pot or pool accumulated until a player could open the betting with a pair of jacks or higher cards. It is now used of any large money prize that accumulates until it is won.
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hit the ˈjackpot

suddenly win, earn, etc. a lot of money; suddenly be very successful: She’s hit the jackpot with her latest book — it’s sold millions.
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hit the jackpot

1. tv. to win a large amount of money. Sally hit the jackpot in the lottery.
2. tv. to be exactly right; to find exactly what was sought. I wanted a small house with a fireplace, and I really hit the jackpot with this one.
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hit the jackpot

To become highly and unexpectedly successful, especially to win a great deal of money.
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