In a civil litigation generally a person versus a company, when a person wins against a big company we often see a huge sum of punitive damages being imposed on the company and that sum goes to the person. In my understanding the total figure of the punitive damages is based loosely on the revenue of the company, and not the loss of the person so as to punish the company for its unethical practices. That sum may grossly exceed the losses incurred by that party. This might cause people to file frivolous lawsuits against companies.
If instead the government collected the punitive damages, it would serve as a deterrent for the company to pursue unethical practices, the litigator would be compensated as per his loss incurred, and it would also prevent frivolous cases from being filed just for greedy motives.
Why can't punitive damages be awarded to the government instead?