Oliver Swanick

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Smell that air! Couldn't you just drink it like booze? *laughs*

— Oliver Swanick

Oliver Swanick is a former powder ganger who won "the only lottery that matters." He is found during the player's first arrival to Nipton in 2281.


A former powder ganger, Oliver Swanick was captured in the Legion's "cleansing" of the town of Nipton. As the winner of Nipton's lottery, he was the only person allowed to leave the town alive and unharmed (in the pre-release version of the game the town mayor was to also survive, having also won the "lottery"). When first encountered he is excessively jubilant over this fact. He will run up to you and say he "won it" over and over again.

Interactions with the player character

Interactions overview

General Services Quests
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Companion: noIcon cross
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Other interactions

  • When first entering Nipton, Swanick will run toward the player and initiate conversation.


Apparel Weapon Other items On death
Random Powder Ganger apparel
Reading glasses
- Lottery ticket -


  • After first meeting the Courier, Oliver Swanick will run directly to the Scorpion Burrow's entrance and remain there forever. If panicked by nearby radscorpions, he may sometimes flee into the nest, and will most likely be killed by the radscorpion queen residing in the area.
    • Swanick may also run to the Nipton Road Pit Stop, where he will almost certainly be killed by Jackal raiders.
  • Swanick had previously been set as a respawning non-player character, resulting in him resurrecting every 3 days if killed. This has been corrected in the most recent patch of the game. The patch also seems to cause Swanick to simply keel over dead once he reaches his destination. The patch causes many previously permanent minor non-player characters to die or disappear from the game world once their role in the story is finished, to free up resources due to the added burden of the DLC content on the game's cache.

Notable quotes

  • "YEAH! Who won the lottery? I DID!"
  • "What lottery? The lottery, that's what lottery! Are you stupid? Only lottery that matters! Oh my god smell that air!"
  • "Smell that air! Couldn't you just drink it like booze?"
  • "Fuck off! Win your own fucking lottery!"


Oliver Swanick appears in Fallout: New Vegas.

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