Thursday’s need-to-know money news

Today’s top story: How to budget realistically for home repairs. Also in the news: A new episode of the Smart Money podcast on small business owners who pivoted during covid, how a billion dollar jackpot actually works, and 5 ways to spend a billion dollars.

How to Budget Realistically for Home Repairs
If you’re a homeowner and haven’t faced a big repair bill yet, just wait.

Smart Money Podcast: Nerdy Business: Building a Brick-and-Mortar Business
This week, we talk with a business owner about how she opened a full-service beauty salon and bar, grew it to two locations with dozens of employees — and how she pivoted again and again during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Mega Millions: How a Billion-Dollar Jackpot Actually Works
The winner won’t see the full amount — at least not all at once. Here’s how to play, and what it means if you win.

Mega Millions: 5 Ways to Spend a Billion Dollars