to hit the jackpot

Idiom Definition 1

Idiom Definition - hit the jackpot

"to hit the jackpot"

to win a large amount of money


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Idiom Definition 2

Idiom Definition - hit the jackpot

"to hit the jackpot"

to be exactly right;

to get what was wanted or sought after


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Idiom Scenario 1

Idiom Definition - hit the jackpot

Two friends are talking ...

Friend 1:  How was your trip to Las Vegas?

Friend 2:  Fantastic.  I was playing the five-dollar slot machines and hit the jackpot.

Friend 1:  How much did you win?

Friend 2:  One million dollars.

Idiom Scenario 2

Idiom Definition - hit the jackpot

Two friends are talking ...

Friend 1:  You look happy.

Friend 2:  My husband and I have been trying to conceive a child for the last five years.  We thought that we would never have a baby.  Then we hit the jackpot!

Friend 1:  You're pregnant?  Congratulations!

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to hit the jackpot - Gerund Form:

Hitting the jackpot playing the lottery means you won a million dollars.

Hitting the jackpot while interviewing new candidates means you found an amazingly perfect person for the job.

to hit the jackpot - Examples:

1)  ... been hit in over 1,000 games in spite of skilled players who can hit the jackpot at least once every 10 attempts on the same game at other arcades.

2)  On the other hand, I know that if we hit the jackpot again and the unimaginable happens and I get pregnant within the next 6 months or ...

3)  In 2003, James Lesure gambled on the NBC series Las Vegas and hit the jackpot. Five seasons later, the show is still going strong.

4)  I'd planned on muffins but knew I'd hit the jackpot when I found my copy of the 1967 Betty Crocker's Hostess Cookbook.

5)  ... that they have to produce theory after theory before they are likely to hit the jackpot.

6)  Sometimes she hit the jackpot, regressing a subject to a non-human lifetime, or into after-death realms.

7)  When we discover separate origin life, we will hit the jackpot. It will truly be made of a different flesh. Biochemists will be fascinated ...

8)  Molly was adopted by one of our volunteers and looks like she hit the jackpot - doggie PJs and all! 

9)  If a company goes out of business, short-sellers hit the jackpot.

10)  Conversely, if every time (or nearly) you play you really hit the jackpot, you're going to want to play a lot.

11)  ... the incompetent take on more risk, hoping to hit the jackpot, even while the regulator protects them by deeming them too systemically important to fail ...

12)  Xara thinks she's hit the jackpot when she discovers a new species of berry, sweet and tasty.

13)  ... nor is wasting your hard-earned money buying tickets in hopes of hitting the jackpot. But if you did come into an unexpected $1 million, and you ...

14)  And when being in government means hitting the jackpot for self and loved ones, how are the interests of ordinary people guaranteed?

15)  ... getting a favourable review and link from the New York Times is like hitting the jackpot.

16)  ... with mutagens, which promote random mutations in DNA, in hopes of hitting the jackpot.

17)  Customer Victoria Smith was celebrating after hitting the jackpot on a slot machine at Gala Bingo, in Fenton.

18)  ... of the film Slumdog Millionaire, where a man from a humble background hits the jackpot on the quiz show.

19)  A fisherman hits the jackpot when he stumbles upon a magic talking fish in this interactive adaptation ...

20)  ... about these simple and minimalistic ads that just attracts attention. Red Cross hits the jackpot with this advertising campaign.