PITTSBURGH -- An unemployed steelworker who contended his state lottery ticket was worth $5.5 million but was stolen, failed to qualify to appear on the television show 'Lie Detector' and returned from Hollywood today, his lawyer said.
Program officials decided against featuring Louis Bedillion Jr., 32, of Aliquippa, Pa., on the show because he failed to clear preliminary polygraph tests, his lawyer, Richard Mancini said. Bedillion, who faces charges of filing a false police report over the allegedly stolen lottery ticket, had hoped to 'clear the air' by having the polygraph vindicate his claims on the show.
Bedillion, who left for Los Angeles Thursday, returned to Pittsburgh Airport about 6:30 a.m., accompanied by Mancini and Aliquippa policeman George David. The officer accompanied Bedillion because of the charge pending against him.
'They (show officials) are not psychiatrists and they made that clear,' said Mancini. 'They attributed the problems (with the polygraph screening) to the mental problems he's been having. They are still prevalent. And so the show is not going to be aired.'
The lawyer made it clear the preliminary polygraph exams conducted on Bedillion were general in nature and did not deal with the issue of whether he ever possessed the winning $5.5 million ticket.
State Lottery Bureau officials said one ticket for the $5.5 million Lotto game jackpot in the weekly drawing last Dec. 17 had been sold, but nobody has stepped forward with the ticket to claim the prize.
In December, Bedillion claimed he had the winning ticket, but said it was taken from a floor safe in his home. An investigation found discrepancies in his account and police charged him with giving a false report.
He was released in his father's custody, but after engaging in a fight with the father, Bedillion was lodged in a mental health clinic for three weeks. He still is being treated as an outpatient.
Bedillion was asked to appear on the show after program officials received a tip about his case. The program, hosted by lawyer F. Lee Bailey, features people who take polygraph tests to verify their stories, frequently related to their personal or legal problems.
Mancini said Bedillion passed the initial polygraph screening Friday, but failed to clear a second screening Saturday. He said show officials decided against using Bedillion following disucussions Sunday.