by Scott Rudy

```     Like most strategies decade reduction is not a sure thing, the best
strategy when using decade reduction is to find three decades that are
drawn together most often and play all of the numbers within those decades.
You may not capture 5 or 6 numbers drawn every time, the idea is to wait for
it to happen and when it does, it can happen several times in a row.

Based on your post you where choosing only half or a little more of the
numbers from four decade groups. If you are going to work with decade
reduction you need to choose 2 to 3 decade groups to use and use all of
the numbers from those chosen groups. If your wheel only allows for 25
numbers as in what you posted, use all of the numbers from the 2 best decade
groups, that would be 19 to 20 numbers and then choose 5 to 6 numbers from

Again you may not capture 5 or 6 numbers every time but the idea is to
wait for the numbers to come to you, as you have placed your trap.

I am playing decade reduction and my wheel only allows for 18#'s in
30 combo's. The 2 decade groups that I have chosen have 20 numbers total. In
the first wheel I used all of the  numbers from the 2 decade groups
eliminating the 2 numbers that end in "0".

The 2nd wheel I used 6 numbers evenly from 3 decade groups, I used
numbers from the first wheel and numbers from the next best performing
decade group and chose 10 combinations out of the wheel of 30 combinations.

As you seen in the first drawing that I used this strategy I scored a
big zero but I didn't give up on the strategy. The next drawing using the
same set of numbers didn't score any 4's or 5's but I did capture 4 numbers
that gave me 6 - 2's and 1- 3 without counting the bonus number which was
one of the numbers I hit out of the 4. If we were counting bonus numbers I
would of had 13 - 2's and 4 - 3's, still no big winner but shows potential
if more of the numbers would have matched. I will stick with the 40 combos
that I'm playing now and give it a go at least one more time.

One of the problems when it comes to using strategies is, you can look
at the past results and the analysis reports that are showing you that the
strategy was good if you used it within the last few weeks but when you use
it in the next coming weeks it doesn't seem to work.

Most of us don't tend to take into consideration the analysis reports
that show the other times when the particular strategy wasn't working well.
We want to win so bad that we see the overall times when the strategy was
working good and forget to notice or remember that there were times that the
strategy failed.

Usually when we look at a particular strategy and the analysis reports
we feel that if the strategy was producing good results within the last few
drawings it's a good time to play the strategy. Most of the time when we see
this trend and use the strategy in the next drawing and the trend is over
and thus the strategy performs poorly. At this point we tend to give up on
the strategy and move on to another strategy that shows promise. We now use
the new strategy and achieve the same results because again we came in on
the tail end of the trend which puts us into a trend ourselves of changing
our strategy all of the time.

Strategies are not 100% sure things and most if not all strategies work
about 40 to 60% of the time give or take 10%. Why do you choose a strategy
in the first place? Because the reports show that it works better than 50%
of the time. The problem is that when we decide to use the strategy we are
jumping in with the strategy at the end of the winning trend, we start using
the strategy during the 50% of the time it isn't working well due to the
changes in the drawing trend.

Some things to try when using strategies, find a strategy that you like
and stick with it. Use the strategy when the analysis is showing it is not
working at it's best. Don't jump in using a strategy when the reports show
that it has scored really good in the last 3 to 5 drawings, this may be just
a trend that is about to end. Look at the performance trends for the
strategy and see what the norm is, if the strategy is on target for 3
drawings and off for 4, use the strategy every other 2 to 4 drawings or when
the reports start showing low strategy performance.

Remember that the idea is not to chase the numbers but to lay a trap
for them.

Scott Rudy