Leo Durocher (January 1959)
Mel Allen (January–April 1959, October 1959–April 1960)
Bud Palmer (April–October 1959, April–June 1960)
Milton Berle (1960–1961 Season)
Chick Hearn
Bayuk Cigar Girl
Laurie Brady
Broadcast (NBC Primetime)
NBC Productions (1959-1960)
Sagebrush Productions (1960-1961)

Jackpot Bowling is the bowling game show where contestants bowl for bucks.


Two competing bowlers faced-off against each other in nine frames of bowling. Unlike regular bowling, only strikes count for this show. Each player competed to bowl as many strikes as they can. The bowler to make the most strikes wins the match and $1,000. The runner up received $250 and a product from the sponsor. Any newcomer who bowled six strikes in a row (or scored two turkeys) won $5,000. The winner of the match would also earn a chance to face the "King of the Hill" bowler for $1,000 in cash and the right to return as the "King of the Hill" next week. Any bowler who bowled six straight strikes won the jackpot, which started at $5,000 and increased $1,000 a week until won.

When Milton Berle took over the show, celebrity guests came aboard to bowl for their favorite charities. The charity would receive $500 plus another $50 for each pin knocked down. The championship match offered a jackpot worth $25,000 plus $5,000 a week for six strikes in a row.


  • The original name for Jackpot Bowling was called Phillies Jackpot Bowling, due to the fact that Phillies Cigars sponsored the show. After Milton Berle took over, the show changed cigar brand sponsors to Bayuk Cigars.
  • In one episode, the late actress Diana Dors bowled for her favorite charity. During that time, Diana's husband (who was in the audience that night) was Dickie Dawson, better known as Richard Dawson, the future host of Goodson-Todman's Family Feud.

Bowling Alley SetsEdit

During the Phillies Jackpot Bowling years, the show was set in T-Bowl bowling alley in Wayne, New Jersey. It was also set at Hollywood Bowling Lanes in Queens, New York and Woodhaven Lanes also in Queens, New York.

In the Milton Berle era, Jackpot Bowling was set at Hollywood Legion Lanes in Hollywood.

YouTube LinksEdit

A full episode from January 23, 1961:
Part 1
Part 2
Same episode, but as one part