Antedating of "Jackpot"

Fred Shapiro fred.shapiro at YALE.EDU
Tue Jun 6 10:33:07 UTC 2006

jackpot (OED 1881)

1876 _New Orleans Times_ 26 Dec. 8 (Early American Newspapers)  Jack Pot
Poker ... In playing poker, it is a Jack pot, I have a pair of Queens, and
I open it.

Fred Shapiro

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