The "purse" refers to the prize money that is awarded.
I'd have to say horse racing, if you're a good enough jockey to win.
The Dubai World Cup Sponsored by Emirates is the richest Horse Race in the world. With a purse of US$6 Million it is clearly the biggest.
They make around $5,000.00 a race.
They some time refer to First Place as a "Run for the Roses".
The Dubai World Cup sponsored by Emirates contains the highest prize money, which is $6 million.
The 'purse' in horse racing is the cash prize won by the owner. The racing purse is usually paid to the first five finishers; 50% is paid to the winner, 25% for place, 12% for third, 8% for fourth, and 5% for fifth.
Prize money if you are asking about a tournament, in regular play it is called the pot.
Sponsors put up money, then it is divided according to how a team finishes. Obviously the winner gets the most.
John Whitaker who was a showjumper who rode a horse called Milton who won approx 1 million pounds in prize money! xx