golden ticket

noun
plural golden tickets

Definition of golden ticket

: an extremely valuable opportunity or means of access to something desired Back in 2005, the little-known playwright Glen Berger snagged a golden ticket of a job: writing the script for a Spider-Man musical directed by the MacArthur-certified genius Julie Taymor (The Lion King), with a score by U2's Bono and the Edge.— Thom Geier The bachelor's degree, he thinks, is the golden ticket that makes a career and everything else possible.— Thomas Frank … everyone I fight, I am their golden ticket because they know if they can beat me, they will make a name for themselves and go on to bigger and better things.— James Degale

First Known Use of golden ticket

1890, in the meaning defined above

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