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 for jackpot
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Jackpot \Jackpot\, n.
     1. Same as jack pot. See under jack.
     2. Any larger-than-usual gambling prize formed by the
        accumulation of unwon bets.
     3. The highest gambling prize awarded in a gambling game in
        which smaller prizes are also awarded, especially such a
        prize on a slot machine.
     4. An unusually large success in an enterprise, either
        unexpected or unpredictable, esp. one providing a great
        financial benefit.
     hit the jackpot to receive an unexpectedly large (or the
        largest possible) benefit from an enterprise; as, after
        prospecting for years, he finally hit the jackpot when he
        discovered a silver lode.

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

      n 1: the cumulative amount involved in a game (such as poker)
           [syn: pot, jackpot, kitty]
      2: any outstanding award

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