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Kings' Joe Maloof

Praying to Win Lottery

5/18/2010 4:12 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

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The co-owner of the Sacramento Kings is on a nine day prayer session for salvation ... in the form of the #1 pick in tonight's NBA Draft Lottery.

TMZ spoke to Joe Maloof -- half of the brother tandem that owns the Kings -- who told us he's been "on his hands and knees praying to the man upstairs" in a Prayer Novena. The ritual requires praying at the same time every day for nine straight days.

Maloof says he'll send up prayer #9 right before the draft lottery in hopes it lands him #1.

If he gets the top pick Maloof says he'll throw what he calls the world's largest lottery party in Sac town tonight. 

Very Catholic.

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