(jăk'pŏt') pronunciation
    1. The accumulated stakes in a kind of poker that requires one to hold a pair of jacks or better in order to open the betting.
    2. A cumulative pool in a competition, lottery, or various other games.
  1. A top prize or reward.

Origin: 1879

Poker, an American invention of around 1830, was the game by which the West was won--and lost. During the nineteenth century, poker helped shape our vocabulary as well as our character. In poker we learned to Bluff, making use of an innocent word from 1666, to ante up (1845), and to stand pat (1882). And we learned the pleasures and perils of going for the jackpot.

A jackpot is the betting pool in a version of draw poker that requires a pair of jacks or better to "open the pot" and start the betting. "The money up is called the pot," explained a gambler to an Indiana court in 1879, "and the man who holds jacks can require the others to bet him or to drop out." With a progressive jackpot the standards get higher: if a pot is not opened with jacks or better, then next time a pair of queens or better is required, and so on up.

Playing jackpot poker thus "jacks up" the quality of the competition and the value of the pot. If you "hit the jackpot" (1944), you have gained yourself a rich pot indeed. The jackpot increases the risk of staying in and bluffing with a poor hand because at least one player has at least minimally good cards. But it may also increase the boldness of the bluffing, and thus the size of the pot, because it takes a higher bet to persuade a player with a decent hand to drop out of the betting.

So jackpot has acquired two meanings beyond the realm of poker. One kind of jackpot is serious trouble. "You're probably already in the jackpot for taking a duty car out of Dade County," says a character in a mystery novel by Carl Hiaasen. But the other kind is the more familiar jackpot we hope to win, or rather to hit--in a competition, a lottery, or a lifetime.

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Jackpot (Fleetway comics)


Jackpot was a British comic book that ran from the issues dated 5 May 1979 [1] to 30 January 1982, when it merged with Buster [2]. Its strips included [3] :

Issue one [3] came with a free mystery joke, there were different kinds, one included a joke chocolate biscuit. Issue two [4] contained a 'squirt ring'. Issue three [5] contained a double gift of Magic Numbers card game + Why Be Bored book covers, the contents of these continued in issue 4[6]

Comic strips from the first issue

This comic strip continued in Buster, drawn by Crocker.

  • Richie Wraggs (comic strip)

Drawn by Mike Lacey, he was on the cover of issue 1 and continued until issue 140. His best friend was a black cat Lucky and had some parody's with Dick Whittington. His character was from the country and had no where to live. The Jackpot Special 1982, features 2 brand new Richie Wraggs strips that were never printed in the issues. [7]

  • Gremlins (comic strip)

Note this is NOT the film. Instead it was about little creatures that caused havoc in the home of Gilbert as well as his mum and dad. The artists Steve Bell, went on to great fame and fortune, becoming the Guardian newspaper's satirical political cartoonist.

  • Adam and Eva

Also featuring the serpent from the bible. If they chose to eat an apple, new wisdom dawned on them. Drawn by Paul Ailey.

  • Class Wars (comic strip)

This comic strip continued in Buster, though changed it's name to 'Top of the Class'.

  • Cry Baby (character)
  • Full O' Beans (comic strip)
  • Good News Bad News
  • It's A Nice Life (comic strip)

This comic strip, drawn by Reg Parlett, continued in Buster, the main characters were neighbours called Stan and Olly.

  • Kid King (comic strip)

This comic strip, drawn by Robert Nixon continued in Buster. A boy becomes King of England.

  • Laser Eraser (comic strip)

This comic strip, drawn by Rob Lee continued in Buster. A boy Ernie finds an alien pen that can zap / teleport objects to Splod and his crew on the aliens ship. In later issues Robert Nixon drew some stories.

  • Little and Large Lenny (comic strip)

Drawn by Norman Mansbridge.

This comic strip, drawn by Sid Burgon merged with 'Ivor Lott and Tony Broke' (from Cor!!) and continued in Buster, with Sid Burgon as artist. The girls stayed until Jan 1987, when the strip reverted back to the two main characters 'Ivor Lott and Tony Broke' .

  • The Terror Toys (comic strip)

An action comic strip, about toys that come to life.

  • Robot Smith
  • Scooper
  • The Teeny Sweeney

Later issues included:

  • Robin Good (comic strip)
  • The Winners (comic strip) [8]

First issue was No.75, Drawn by Mike Lacey, later by Jimmy Hansen and Anthony. This comic strip continued in Buster.

  • Jake's 7, a parody of Blake's 7)
  • The Amazing Three (comic strip)
  • The Gold Rush (comic strip)
  • The Invisible Monster (comic strip)

Reprinted from Monster Fun, though with several episodes missing.

  • Mike's Bike (comic strip)

This strip continued in Buster.

This strip, drawn by Tom Paterson continued in Buster.

An action strip about a girl at boarding school.

  • Sherlock Jnr (comic strip)
  • Shrimp (comic strip)
  • Sporty (comic strip)

One of the first Afro-caribbean characters. This strip continued in Buster. Interesting there was a similar character, also called 'Sporty' in Karzy comic (as part of the Krazy gang), this strip joined with 'Whizzer and Chips' and ran at the same time as 'Sporty' until 1986. Both characters wore a track suit and were good at sport. [9]

  • Time Trip (comic strip)
  • Will Power (comic strip)

Jackpot ran for 141 Issues.


  1. ^ "Jackpot issue 1, 5 May 1979". Printed and distributed by IPC magazines in the UK, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa and Malaysia
  2. ^ "Buster issue, 6th February 1982" Printed and distributed by IPC magazines
  3. ^ a b "Jackpot issue 1, 5 May 1979".
  4. ^ "Jackpot issue 2, 12 May 1979".
  5. ^ "Jackpot issue 3, 19 May 1979".
  6. ^ "Jackpot issue 4, 26 May 1979".
  7. ^ "Jackpot Special 1982"
  8. ^ "Jackpot issue 75".
  9. ^ Whizzer & Chips, issue 8th Feb 1986.


Dansk (Danish)
n. - gevinst, uventet held, pulje


  • hit the jackpot    få gevinst

Nederlands (Dutch)
jackpot, pot

Français (French)
n. - gros lot, pot (aux cartes)


  • hit the jackpot    gagner le gros lot

Deutsch (German)
n. - Jackpot, Hauptgewinn


  • hit the jackpot    das große Los ziehen

Ελληνική (Greek)
n. - συνολικό ποσό στοιχημάτων


  • hit the jackpot    πιάνω την καλή

Italiano (Italian)


  • hit the jackpot    fare un colpo grosso

Português (Portuguese)
n. - prêmio (m) grande


  • hit the jackpot    tirar a sorte grande

Русский (Russian)
выигрыш всех монет в игральном аппарате, главный приз, "банк" в карточных играх


  • hit the jackpot    сорвать куш, добиться потрясающего успеха (в каком-л. деле)

Español (Spanish)
n. - premio gordo, bote, (póquer) apuesta acumulada (para ganarla es necesario abrir juego por lo menos con un par de jotas)


  • hit the jackpot    sacar el premio gordo

Svenska (Swedish)
n. - jackpot, storvinst

中文(简体)(Chinese (Simplified))
累积赌注, 累积奖金


  • hit the jackpot    获得头奖, 获得惊人成功, 赢一大笔钱

中文(繁體)(Chinese (Traditional))
n. - 累積賭注, 累積獎金


  • hit the jackpot    獲得頭獎, 獲得驚人成功, 贏一大筆錢

한국어 (Korean)
n. - 최고 특상, 대성공, 거는 돈


  • hit the jackpot    대성공하다

日本語 (Japanese)
n. - 積立掛け金, 積立賞金, 大当たり


  • hit the jackpot    大当たりする

العربيه (Arabic)
‏(الاسم) مجموع المبالغ المتراكمه عند المقامرة ياخدها الرابح الاخير‏

עברית (Hebrew)
n. - ‮קופה מצטברת (בקלפים), פרס בהגרלה‬

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