to the victor go the spoils

To the victor go the spoils means that the spoils of victory go to the person who has won, otherwise known as the victor. Some examples of spoils in the traditional sense might be certain types of bonuses or awards, perks, or treasures found. These types of awards are given to the victor, who is the winner of something for all intents and purposes. A victor is known as the person who has won some sort of competition.